A lot has happened in New Bedford over the past 110 years, but it’s a safe bet that only one person has seen it all.

Irene Miller is a lifelong city resident who will turn 110 on December 28, making her likely the city’s oldest living resident. The Mayor’s office is working to confirm that, but one thing those who know Irene are certain of is that she’s the most active supercentenarian around.

“She’s a peach. She has all her wits about her,” Shirley Antil of the Active Day medical adult day program told WBSM’s Phil Paleologos. “Irene Miller loves live. I’ve never seen her sad, never seen her unhappy. She does the ‘shimmy!’ She does the ‘shimmy’ dance better than me, and she still exercises every day at (Active Day).”

Antil said Miller didn’t need services from Active Day until just a few years ago, when she was 107 years old.

“She drinks a three-finger shot of whiskey every night to sleep. She’s on no medications to speak of,” Antil said. “We can all learn a lot from her.”

Miller lived and worked in New Bedford throughout her entire life, marrying her first boyfriend. She was the buyer for Saltmarsh’s in downtown New Bedford many years ago, and is an avid Red Sox fan.

She was four years old when the Sox won their second World Series in 1912, and has seen eight of their nine World Series wins overall. But this Sunday, she’ll get a very special treat when she gets to see the Sox’ 2018 World Series trophy at the Neediest Families Prize-a-Palooza event at the Seaport Inn & Marina in Fairhaven.

It will be a special moment for a special lady.

“The love that you get from her is priceless. The friendships she has created at the center, you don’t get that everywhere. It’s a family, and she’s part of the family,” Antil said. “She’s everybody’s grandmother.”

On December 28, the date of her 110th birthday, Active Day is holding a party for Irene Miler at their facility located at 107 Welby Road in New Bedford. Antil said they are inviting everybody in New Bedford and the surrounding area to attend the party, which begins at 3 p.m. and will hopefully be attended by local politicians from the City Council, the state congressional delegation and others.

“(And) she wants birthday cards,” Antil said. “She wants to be liked, that’s what she said.”

Anyone who would like to send birthday cards can do so by sending them to:

Irene Miller

c/o Active Day of New Bedford

107 Welby Road, New Bedford, MA 02745


Irene Miller Birthday Cards

c/o Phil Paleologos, WBSM

22 Sconticut Neck Road, Fairhaven, MA 02719

Irene Miller

UPDATE: Irene has received her first birthday card! Thanks, Dirty Deb!

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