Lebanon woman celebrates 107th birthday - WSMV News 4

Lebanon woman celebrates 107th birthday

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(Photo: Otterbein Lebanon Senior Lifestyle Community) (Photo: Otterbein Lebanon Senior Lifestyle Community)

The year Grace DiGiovanni was born, Theodore Roosevelt was president, the electric light bulb was invented and the average cost of a dozen eggs was 14 cents.

Grace DiGiovanni celebrated her 107th birthday this week. Surrounded by more than 100 friends and relatives, a party was held in her honor at Otterbein Lebanon Senior Lifestyle Community.

DiGiovanni was born on May 11, 1907 to Lena and Tony Danna, both Italian immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island. The eldest of 10 children, she grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., where she worked at a hardware store in her younger years. In the 1930s, she married her late husband, Michael DiGiovanni, with whom she had two children, Jimmy and Marie. During this time, she worked as a nursery aide at a hospital.

Fast forward to 2014 and her family includes a stepdaughter who lives in Florida, three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, 24 great-grandnieces and nephews and 23 great-great-grandnieces and nephews.

In 1907, the American flag only had 45 stars. Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii were all admitted after Grace was born.

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