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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dominican Republic native marks her 100th birthday

Ana Mercedes Hassell Stephens of Newburgh is celebrating her 100th birthday today.

She was born in the Dominican Republic on Oct. 1, 1911, to Albertha Stephens and Joseph Hassell.

She was the youngest of 14 children and the last of her siblings to come to the United States at the age of 39. She met Rafael Torres and conceived her only child, Berta Torres. Berta married Richard West and gave Ana two grandchildren, Danielle and Matthew.

"She has instilled in her family a sense of independence and pride, and continues to live a long and joyful life," said Danielle West. "Happy 100th birthday, abuelita, we love you always and we celebrate you."

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Source: Record Online

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