Virginia’s eldest resident turns 112 in Norfolk

Lela (Babb) Burden at 110 (photo courtesy Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital).

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Lela Burden turned 12-years-old the day before Babe Ruth hit his first home run — 100 years ago. So, it was only fitting that a baseball-themed party was planned for her 112th birthday celebration on Thursday.

Burden was born May 7, 1903 not far from Hampton Roads, and then grew up in Norfolk. She’s considered a super-centenarian, or someone who 110-years-old or older. In fact, Gerontology Research Group lists Burden as the world’s 40th eldest person and 15th eldest person in the U.S.

Burden still lives in Norfolk at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital, and staff members threw her a birthday bash Thursday, with a little help from the Norfolk Tides baseball club. The team mascot, Rip Tide, presented Burden — now Virginia’s eldest resident — with a Tide’s team jersey, number 112.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Burden!

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