Town Throws Celebration For America’s Oldest Woman As She Turns 116


A city in Northern California recently celebrated a senior member of the community, Edie Ceccarelli, who proudly holds the esteemed title of the oldest person in the United States. Since Ceccarelli attained the centenary milestone, she made sure to enjoy her birthday and celebrate it in a memorable way.

For her 116th birthday, the entire town of Willits surprised the centenarian as they came together in a unified display of solidarity and affection to throw her a big birthday bash, which featured a jubilant parade to honor Ceccarelli’s extraordinary life.


America’s oldest woman celebrates 116th birthday

Ceccarelli’s 116th birthday captured the hearts of the residents of Willits’ town. Despite the challenges posed by a winter storm that closed highways and littered the area with fallen trees, the community rallied to ensure that Ceccarelli’s special day was unforgettable.


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The festivities began with a heartwarming parade led by the local dog walker, who led a pack of 15 joyful dogs. Following closely behind were representatives from the fire brigade and the garbage truck, all joining the celebration. The streets, which were adorned with colorful balloons, featured a convoy of decorated cars.


A trio of talented musicians sporting impressive mustaches serenaded Ceccarelli with soulful melodies while playing their guitars, adding a touch of musical enchantment to the occasion. Also, the community’s youngest members presented bouquets of flowers and handmade cards to the celebrant as they delivered their heartfelt wishes.

Edie Ceccarelli has outlived most of the people born during her time

Ceccarelli, who moved to Holy Spirit Residential Care Home, a quaint senior living facility in Willits, has surpassed the longevity of most individuals born during her era. However, Evelyn Persico, who shares a familial tie with the celebrant through marriage and is also involved in her caregiving team, emphasized Ceccarelli’s significant contributions to the Willits community.


“She is such a part of this community. So this is like, the third, fourth, fifth generation celebrating her,” Persico admitted. “Many of her people have passed. So many of her old-timers are gone.”

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