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PSL mom turns 109 on Mother's Day

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - In 1902, college football held its first Rose Bowl. A first class stamp cost two cents. Teddy Roosevelt was president and the first movie theatre opened in Los Angeles. It was also the year Port St. Lucie resident Leona Vogel was born, and Sunday, she is celebrating Mother's Day and a milestone birthday.

"Thank you for doing what you do! God bless you!" said the petite woman with the sunny smile.

Leona Vogel is quick to share a kind word or a friendly wave to celebrate every day; however, she has even more reason to celebrate. It's not only Mother's Day, it's her 109th birthday!

"It's hard for me to believe myself," she said.

The mother of two, grandmother of eight, great grandmother of 15 and great-great grandmother of 12 is quick to give credit for her longevity where she says credit is due.

"I love the Lord and He loves me and I love my children," she said. "I'm happy I have lived this long and if I have made anybody happy, I'm happy."

For the last four years, Leona has made her home at Harbor Place Assisted Living in Port St. Lucie. Her faith, her thankfulness and her positive, happy spirit keep her going strong.

"I'm thankful for everything," she explained. "I'm thankful for the joy that I have in my heart. I'm thankful for that and I'm thankful that people like me."

Even at 109, Leona is still thinking of her own mother this Mother's Day. At Harbor Place, several costumes Leona created are on display. They remind her of her mother.

"My mother was a seamstress that couldn't be beat. She did a lot of sewing and I copied her," she said.

Leona says ultimately, she enjoys doing things for other people and making them happy.

"If I've been any good to anybody, I'm very happy about that," she said.

Leona admits to not being much of a "party person," but her friends and family plan to celebrate later today with music and carrot cake, Leona's favorite.

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