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For 100-year-old Ruth Zagon and 105-year-old Hilde Miller, there seems to be no special formula for turning 100 plus years old.

Ruth Zagon and Hilde Miller celebrate their birthdays with Legislator Judy Jacobs.

"I don't know, I don't know," said Mrs. Miller at a combined birthday party for the two ladies at Somerset Gardens Assisted Living in Plainview on Sunday, Dec. 7. "I just keep living and living."

"No secret," said Mrs. Zagon, who went back to school at age 80 to earn an associate's degree to be a teacher's aide in the New York public school system.

On Sunday, the two ladies were surrounded by loving family and their fellow Somerset Gardens residents for a special tribute.

"It's a pleasure to meet you," remarked Legislator Judith Jacobs who brought citations congratulating the ladies on reaching their respective milestones, then posed for pictures with them and their families.

Mrs. Miller, an eight-year resident of Somerset Gardens, spent much of her life as a florist but had a passion for sewing, knitting and crocheting. Today, it was obvious her passion is her family, especially her three beautiful great granddaughters.

Mrs. Zagon traveled the world until age 92 and has lived at Somerset Gardens since 2005. Her daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren all joined her for today's party, which featured a buffet brunch, live music and of course, the visit by Legislator Jacobs.

"She might not have a secret to long life," offered Mrs. Zagon's daughter, Claudia Schimel, "but all her life, she's been a very positive person and always kind to others."


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