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Rebecca Lanier has seen a lot. More than most people could imagine. She has breathed the air of parts of three centuries.

So when she entered the Warrensville Heights Senior Center near Cleveland on Tuesday, there was widespread applause. It was due because Mrs. Lanier has lived for 119 years.

The birthday party has become a yearly event for Mrs. Lanier, who now lives with her grandson, Jimmie Shambley, 61, and his family. When asked how was she doing, the answer came quickly and with a full voice.

“I’m doing alright,” she said.

That was an understatement.

“She still is in her right mind and has great health,” said Shambley. “She is able to move about every day and makes her bed up every morning as she gets herself dressed.”

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