Turning 100 is a remarkable milestone, but for one North Carolina woman, it was all the more remarkable. Irma Prevette, who reached the century mark on St. Patrick’s Day, recently survived COVID-19, and got to celebrate her birthday with her family in her nursing home.
Prevette, who lives in a Wake Forest, N.C., facility, got COVID-19 during one of two outbreaks at the facility, but not only beat it, but got fully vaccinated and got the green light to host members of her sizable family to celebrate her centenary.
A decline in new COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities in North Carolina has allowed most facilities, including Prevette’s, to meet the criteria for indoor visitations to take place.
“I just wanted to bust out and cry,” Prevette said on the occasion, according to ABC13 News. “I hadn’t seen them in ages.”
Her family was thrilled to reconnect with her. “It’s been over a year since we’ve been able to see grandma,” said granddaughter Michelle Ezzell, one of 12 family members who converged on the nursing home for the celebration. “Earlier, we could see her through the windows. But that’s just not the same.”
“It’s great,” added Prevette’s son, 80-year-old William Blake. “I hadn’t seen her in so long.”
Prevette, according to the story, had six children, four of whom are still living. The article notes she remarried after she lost her first husband, and her second husband has since died.
Prevette’s impressive family includes 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and more than a dozen great-great-grandchildren.
Her family says she’s tough, has a great sense of humor, even likes telling dirty jokes, and tries to eat well, in response to being asked why they think she’s lived for so long.
“I know she doesn’t like salt on her food,” Ezzell elaborated further about her grandmother. “She loves to play bingo. She loves to watch ‘General Hospital,’ and she loves word search puzzles. She loves those, so I guess that’s the key to happiness.”