It was all smiles Thursday at 400 Towers for the celebration of Ruth Stell's birthday. She was born in 1909 and turned 100 on Aug. 13. She was all smiles, too.
"I feel so very young, " Ruth explained. "You just have to live a good life, that's all you can do. Trust, and go on living."
The centenarian has lived in Batavia for more than 70 years.
Ruth has been an inspiring presence for 38 years at 400 Towers. Her friend Henry Larson said she brings joy to many residents because she is an excellent baker. He -- and most others -- especially love her banana cupcakes.
Ruth is very happy with her life. She opens her apartment to potential residents and lets them look around as part of a tour. Her place looks like something right out of Good Housekeeping.
"It's amazing how she can have so many memories in one place and still, it looks so inviting!" said Gregory Larson, executive director of the Housing Authority at 400 Towers. Ruth's place is full of knickknacks and stuffed animals, but there's plenty of room for visitors and her bird Snoopy.
Ruth says she saw the most beautiful sights in her 100 years when she was 80 and took a trip to Hawaii. To her, the biggest change from her childhood to now is the invention of airplanes.
When asked what her secret was, she whispered to me, "I tell everyone it's Oil of Olay -- I've been using it for years."
Happy Birthday Ruth!