GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Phyllis Lewis tells us she’s lived in Grand Junction since 1940, after her family came from England and Germany. She has known family members to live this long, so turning one hundred feels like tradition.

Phyllis tells us she doesn’t exactly have a secret to living a long life, but knows being around those who love you makes it worth living.

“That was what kept the family occupied and happy: having friends who are always willing to help someone no matter how bad off they were,” Birthday Girl Phyllis Lewis reflects.

Phyllis is joyful about the life she has. The Grand Junction Senior Center celebrated Phyllis’ birthday today because, right now, she’s their oldest member on record.