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Greenville woman to celebrate 104th birthday

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Irene Cooley (Source: Rolling Green Village) Irene Cooley (Source: Rolling Green Village)

A Greenville woman will need 104 candles on her birthday cake this year.

Irene Cooley was born on July 26, 1911 in Russia before immigrating to the United States to escape persecution of Jewish people. She has been a resident at Rolling Green Village retirement homes for more than three years now.

Cooley spent her youth as a fan of tennis and big band music. She has been a vegetarian for more than 30 years. A spokesperson from Rolling Green said she now spends her time listening to audiobooks, and she prefers stories that will make her laugh.

Cooley says her secret to living a long and happy life is to think positive thoughts and try to be the best you can every day.

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