Pennsylvania woman celebrates 109th birthday

HAZLETON, Pa. — Eva Sharpless was born during the administration of President William Howard Taft and has lived through 14 presidents. Saturday, the Pennsylvania woman celebrated her 109th birthday with family and friends.

“I don’t smoke, don’t drink and try to be happy every day and don’t hurt nobody,” Sharpless told WNEP.

Sharpless, born Eva Dennis, was married for 60 years and has lived in the same house for 86 years, The Citizens’ Voice reported.

Her husband, Samuel Sharpless invented a machine to resurface bowling lanes, his wife told The Citizens’ Voice. At one time, the machine was responsible for sanding 80 percent of the world’s bowling lanes, the newspaper reported.

Eva Sharpless had a big party with balloons and family members attending. and her favorite flavor on her cake -- butter pecan ice cream.

“I had a very wonderful and happy life,” Sharpless told The Citizens’ Voice in 2019. “I had my husband and in my heart I loved him so much. Then I had children and grandchildren. I’m very contented.”