Years before November 11 marked the end of “the war to end all wars,” the day was special to Rosa Becker. It was her birthday.
As Americans commemorated Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11th, Becker celebrated another birthday – her 111th. She’s believed to be the third-oldest person in Virginia.
The Roanoke Times tells the story of Becker, who was born in 1903 on a farm in northern Roanoke County. With her two sons, she left the area for North Carolina in 1945 when she remarried. After working in a school lunchroom, she returned in 1978 to live with family in Wirtz.
These days she passes time in her rocker, reading the bible (helped by a magnifier) and exercising — with two cans of beans, 10 curls at a time.
“I did that when I broke my hips,” Becker told the paper.
She dismissed the notion that canned goods are somehow her fountain of youth, and said she had no secret to longevity.
She did credit two possible sources that have helped her live a long life: growing up amid horses on her father’s farm – and God.