Lifelong Philadelphia resident celebrates 111th birthday

    Today’s a big day for Willie Mae Lassiter. The lifelong Philadelphian will celebrate her 111th birthday today with the help of Mayor Michael Nutter and friends.

    She’ll mark the milestone in West Philadelphia’s Penn Center for Rehabilitation and Care, where she lives in good health and attends regular church services.

    In June, Flossie Carter — believed to be Pennsylvania’s oldest resident — celebrated her 111th birthday in Pittsburgh, beating Lassiter to the unofficial title by just a few months.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.