Birthday party celebrates Biloxi centenarian

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi woman celebrated a big milestone. This weekend is Corinne Ricker's 100th birthday.

Her neighbors and staff at Bay Cove assisted living facility along with generations of family and friends gathered to honor the lady who they say has lived a full life.

Born on May 12, 1913, Ricker celebrated a birthday not many people live to see.

"Hundred-years-old," Ricker said.

That's how old Ricker will be on Mother's Day.

Her three children describe her as a devout mother of three who moved from McComb, Mississippi to Moss Point to be a hair dresser only to quit her job and raise her family fulltime. Realizing Corinne was turning 100 was something that kind of crept up on everyone.

"It's a pretty big deal and interestingly we really weren't quite aware that she was getting close to 100 because we hadn't really thought about her age so much," Ricker's eldest son Charles Ricker said.

Charles said his mother has no health issues and was completely independent until Hurricane Katrina hit her home in Pascagoula. He and his siblings have their own theories on why she's lived a long and independent life.

"I think she's always stayed pretty calm. She didn't ever let things ruffle her. She just stayed on the straight and narrow. And she was kind of like our matriarch," Ricker's youngest child Pam Ricker said.

" I think keeping herself mentally active. As I said she loves crossword puzzles and reading," Charles said.

A dish her family members say may also contribute to her success in longevity is found on the dessert menu.

"She's done it for fifty years ice cream for breakfast. She wasn't a big breakfast eater," Pam said.

The party ended with a toast to the matriarch, who expects to have many more birthday's and morning meals one scoop at a time.

This is the first centennial birthday to be held at Bay Cove Assisted Living Facility since it opened last Summer.

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