Robichaux said her mother walks with a walker and does well, except for some hearing issues. Her mother’s secret to longevity may be in the fact she only had one child.
“I had four,” she said.
Charles Robichaux said his mother-in-law is a kind woman with a strong faith.
“It’s her belief in God, (her child), grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” he said.
For Connors, the search for the town’s oldest citizen took her to all the community nursing homes to seek out older residents. She also put out a plea to the public.
“It was very exciting,” Connors said. “I came here looking and it was nice to finally find someone.”
That someone was Green. The woman’s long life made her the top choice to receive the cane.
Derry gives a replica of the original cane to its recipients, engraved with their name. The town’s original Boston Post Cane is on permanent display at the Derry Municipal Center.
Pleasant Valley has a good tradition with longevity. Previous cane holder Catherine Dion lived to be 110 and was a resident of the Derry facility. Staff members said there are several residents who are 100 years of age and older living there.