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Elizabeth Lucas turns 110

HAPPY 110th BIRTHDAY — Elizabeth Ann Lucas celebrated her 110th birthday Friday at The Laurels of Steubenville with her son, Robert, at her side.

STEUBENVILLE — Elizabeth Ann Lucas said Friday felt like any other day.

“I feel just the same as you,” she said. “It’s like any day.”

Except that Friday, Mrs. Lucas turned 110, a landmark occasion her family and friends at The Laurels of Steubenville helped celebrate with music, a “Happy Birthday” sing-a-long and, of course, a birthday cake.

“She was born in Bell Vernon, Pa.,” her son, Robert, said, explaining his mother, one of 11 children, quit school at a young age so she could get a job and help her family. “She cleaned houses all week and then would go home on the weekend and give her mom all the money she made, just to help out.”

He said his mother had been in assisted living in Pennsylvania for some time, but he brought her to The Laurels after she fell and broke her ankle.

“She’s about five minutes away from me now, so it’s good for me,” he said.

Elizabeth and her late husband, Walter, also had a daughter, Dorothy, and a son, Walter Jr. Both are now deceased.

Robert Lucas said his mother has always had a big heart.

“I never heard her cuss,” he said. “She taught me to take people (at face value), not to hold grudges … life’s too short.”

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