Edith Ramsay has been alive for two World Wars and has witnessed women getting the right to vote and humans landing on the moon. The Sunrise of Severna Park resident celebrated another kind of milestone on September 25 when she turned 106 years old.
On the morning of her birthday, Ramsay was greeted by groups of kids singing “Happy Birthday” from a distance, followed by a chorus of noisemakers.
“I enjoy them every year,” Ramsay said of the kids. “I had pictures from the last few years, and I like keeping memories.”
Ramsay has lived at Sunrise since 2016. She was born in Baltimore County and, at 2 years old, moved to Anne Arundel County, where she spent many years living on the water in Riviera Beach. Some of her favorite memories from growing up are helping in the family’s large garden and climbing trees to help harvest the fruit. She was married for 53 years and has one son, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When asked about her secret to a long, healthy life, Ramsay said, “Walking a lot and trusting the man upstairs.”