SHREWSBURY – Shrewsbury resident Sonia Gravel celebrated her 102nd birthday with the Friends of the Shrewsbury Senior Center on March 16.
Gravel has lived in Shrewsbury for 53 years, building a home on South Street with her late husband Arthur Joseph Gravel before moving to her current home roughly 20 years ago.
At this celebration, Gravel was crowned with a tiara with the number 102. She wore a “happy birthday” sash while she was presented with a congratulatory plaque and honorary membership from the Friends of the Senior Center and the Council on Aging.
“I eat healthy food, lots of fruits and vegetables and some type of protein and I eat three meals a day,” Gravel said in a press release, reflecting on her life. “I stay busy and it is important to be social.”
As part of the celebration, Gravel also received a floral bouquet from Danielson Florist and a large birthday cupcake and mini cupcakes from Maria Smith Realty. She was also honored with a special drive by from the Shrewsbury Police and Fire Departments, with lights and sirens on.
Gravel still lives in her own home. She has three children, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.