In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt was President and a loaf of bread cost about seven cents. It was also the year the oldest woman in Rhode Island was born. Lillian Cardullo was born in Providence on May 20, 1903.
Today at the Golden Crest Nursing Center in North Providence there was singing, dancing and cake, all in honor of Lillian. Her two sons were thrilled to be celebrating this momentous day with their mother. Peter Cardullo says his mom is like the eighth wonder of the world and Robert Cardullo says, "It's a sense of pride, you know you tell people its her 110th birthday and they kind of take a step back."
On top of her children and grandchildren, Lillian's five great grandchildren were there as well. Tyler Florio spoke of memories he had with his great grandmother, "I used to remember going to her house when I was little she was 104 at the time and I remember her cooking for me and that was absolutely amazing to see her moving around and mobile at that time and I never really thought I'd see the day that she would be 110."
Lillian's family thinks the secret to her longevity is her healthy eating, but she has other advice, "Have friends...get out...socialize."