As the saying goes, you're only as old as you feel and for longtime Tuckahoe resident Helen Voris, her feelings as she turned 103 on Thursday were ones of gratitude and happiness as she fondly looks back on her long and fruitful life.
Voris' life remains very full at The Fountains at RiverVue, where according to RiverVue employees she attends exercise classes daily and also loves socializing, art, music and culture, having moved to RiverVue back in 2004.
On her birthday, everyone seemed to have nothing but kind things to say about the mother of two, the community activist, the Realtor, the Girl Scout leader, the lifelong friend and World War II veteran, among other great accomplishments in Voris' storied life.
“I remember my service days as though they were yesterday,” said Voris who was stationed in a Lido Beach hotel on Long Island, where she received her orders as a volunteer ambulance driver.
Her daughter Vicki Hanks flew in from Park City, UT to be with her mother on the special occasion and says that it was always important to her Mom to be an active member of the Tuckahoe community.
"My Mom always saw it fit to be active in the community whether through the League of Women Voters, serving on village boards or participating in the Girl Scout program, which she was acting president of the council at one point," recalled Hanks who also shared that Voris played a large role in helping get the approval from the Town of Eastchester in the construction of the current Girl Scout Cabin on Highland Ave.
Born and raised on Long Island and eventually moving to Tuckahoe to raise her family, Voris lived in the same house on Water St. for over 60 years.
Amazingly, she recently celebrated her friend Nellie Keller's birthday who she has known since their days living in Queens during the depression in the 1930s.
Keller's age, 104!
"In life, you need to be a friend to have a friend," says Voris.
Be sure and leave a happy birthday message for Helen Voris for those of you who have fond memories from all the years she has resided in Tuckahoe.