NP resident set to celebrate 106th birthday Sunday

NP resident set to celebrate 106th birthday Sunday

Ann Logan, of North Providence, will celebrate her 106th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 10.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Ann Logan, a North Providence resident who lived in various states before ending up in Rhode Island in 2009, will turn 106 years old this Sunday, Feb. 10.

Logan, who lives at Douglas Manor on Douglas Avenue, told The Breeze she doesn’t have any big plans for her birthday, though members of her church, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal in Providence, are planning to throw her a party, Logan’s daughter, LeMoyne Bethea, said.

Asked what her secret is to living a long life, Logan credits having an active lifestyle when she was younger. “I just take care of myself,” she said.

One way she would stay active, and one of her favorite memories of growing up, she said: “We used to dance a lot,” in particular, waltz and two-step.

Logan is not the first of her relatives to live for more than a century; she has a great aunt who lived to be 106.

Born in 1913 in North Carolina to parents Robert and Lena Smith, Logan left home at 16 and moved to Virginia. When she was 26, she married Everett Logan, an insurance salesman.

Logan worked as a dressmaker and owned her own shop. She later became a nurse and worked in Philadelphia.

When she was younger, Logan thought she would be a writer but “I wasn’t any good,” she said.

In addition to Bethea, who is Logan’s caregiver, Logan has one son, Forrest Logan, as well as 16 grandchildren.

Her son lives in Sudan with six of his children, while his other two children live in Connecticut and California. Bethea’s children live in Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Arizona, she said.

Logan said she enjoys reading, especially mysteries, but said she doesn’t read as much as she used to.

On what notable changes she sees in today’s world, Logan said, “Children now have more freedom than I had when I was growing up.”

“They stay up late at night,” she added. “We went to bed early, and we got up early.”

Comments

Ann, I'll bet a book of all your experiences would be quite interesting. I had a Great Grandmother who lived to 105 and often wondered how she viewed the changes in the world during her time here.