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Ida Atkinson turns 102 and is recognized as oldest person in Essex County

Ida Atkinson looks over a picture of her family on her 102nd birthday.  Her parents are at the bottom left.  The picture in the background is of her and her husband in the 1930's.

Ida Atkinson looks over a picture of her family on her 102nd birthday. Her parents are at the bottom left. The picture in the background is of her and her husband in the 1930's. Seth Lang

— ESSEX — It might be just another birthday to Willsboro resident Ida Atkinson, but being recognized as the oldest person in Essex County at the age of 102 is something community members thought should be celebrated.

Born on Jan. 28, 1912 Ida was the youngest of 10 siblings. She married John Davis in 1930 and resided on Mill Street in Willsboro.

She worked in the Sportsmens Diner for 19 years and kept house for her husband and three brothers.

When asked what her secret was to living such a long healthy life, she replied “I don’t like doctors and try to stay away from them, and take no medicine of any kind.”

While 102 years seems like an eternity to many, Atkinson doesn’t think of herself as old.

Cracking a smile and laughing as guests filed into the senior center in Essex to celebrate her birthday Tuesday, it was evident Atkinson just loves living.

And, If you’re thinking she’s lying in a nursing home in Willsboro with people taking care of her, you’d be wrong.

Ida actually lives in her home, by herself in Willsboro. She does get help from a cairgiver during the day, but she is one independent woman. She is a role model for the community to say the least.

Members of the town board annunced that a Plaque is being presented to Ida in recognition of her being the oldest person in the county.

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