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Portsmouth woman celebrates 100th birthday

Mrs. Olga Garrett turned 100 and family and friends planned a number of activities in front of her home to mark the milestone.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — It's not normally appropriate to give out a woman's age, but when you turn 100, we make an exception!

On Wednesday, Mrs. Olga Garrett celebrated her centennial. To stay safe, family and friends planned a number of activities in front of her Portsmouth home. The Norfolk State University drumline even stopped by!

When we asked what her secret is for such a long life, she says, it's God.

"I have been surprised," Mrs. Garrett says, "but if you just keep your hands in God's hands, you will make it!"

Mrs. Garrett has spent all of her 100 years in Portsmouth. She was a Sunday School teacher and served as a deaconess for her church for 61 years.

While she never worked a paying job, she volunteered at Maryview Hospital for 45 years.