Margaret Ruth Ryan, seated center, celebrates her 100th birthday at the American Legion in Utica, surrounded by her children, standing from left, Joreen Hyatt, Frances Garno, Gladys Sprague and Donald Ryan.

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Margaret Ruth Ryan, seated center, celebrates her 100th birthday at the American Legion in Utica, surrounded by her children, standing from left, Joreen Hyatt, Frances Garno, Gladys Sprague and Donald Ryan. Request this photo

 

UTICA — Saturday, Margaret Ruth Ryan turned 100 years old, and her loved ones couldn’t wait to celebrate with her. They filled the American Legion in Utica with joy, cakes, food and family fun, as dozens gathered for her open house birthday party.

Longevity runs in Ryan’s family, as her great-grandfather lived to be 102 years old. Ryan hopes to beat the record.

According to Ryan, hard work is her secret to living a long life. In addition to raising her children, Ryan worked at Avon, had a disposal route for 20 years, worked 10 years at a Mount Vernon glove company and seven years at a Columbus pharmaceutical company, until she retired at the age of 91.

 

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