By AFRO Staff

Mrs. Helen Newman casts her vote in every election. (Courtesy Photo)

Turning 100 years old is certainly a reason to celebrate which is why on Jan. 5, at Salem Baptist Church in King, Va., the family, friends and church members will honor Ms. Helen Newman for reaching that milestone! Still living in King George County, where she was born, Mrs. Newman remains active and involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A widower, she has worked from the age of 13 and well into her eighties. 

As a woman of faith, her life focused on her family and her church. Yet, by voting in every election that she could, and attending her local monthly AARP meetings, she demonstrated her commitment to civic duty. Mrs. Newman enjoys life and good company but is quick to speak up when challenged, and after 100 years of living, she’s earned the right! Her children hosted a private family celebration in her honor. Governor Ralph S. Northam of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young both sent celebratory messages to Mrs. Newman.

Mrs. Newman has a significant connection to Baltimore: her son is former Orioles great Al Bumbry. For additional information you may contact Al at 443-253-0213.

Submitted by Commissioner Sarah Matthews, a family friend.