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Every day is a blessing to Ira Miller

Ira Miller is a busy man at Cortland Acres, and at age 105, that’s how he likes it.

“If I don’t have something to do, I’ll get old,” said Miller. It’s also a phrase he often repeats to his family and friends. Miller will turn 106 on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

Beth Clevenger, administrator at Cortland Acres, invites community members to send birthday cards of cheer and well wishes to Miller.

“We rarely get to mark a milestone such as this and celebrate a resident turning 106 at Cortland Acres,” Clevenger said. “Throughout his life, Ira has touched countless individuals, families, and organizations in Tucker County and internationally. He is such an inspiration to the staff and other residents at Cortland Acres. He is a goal-setter and an achiever, and it’s important to recognize and honor Ira on his special day.”

People can mail cards to Attn: Ira Miller, Cortland Acres, 39 Cortland Acres Lane, Thomas, WV 26292.

Staying busy is a lifestyle Miller followed when he lived at home. Luckily, he can continue to practice a habit, as Cortland Acres offers plenty of daily activities for its residents.

On the first of each month, the Cortland Acres Activities Director Marie Grafton publishes a monthly calendar full of daily happenings along with a monthly theme dinner. Miller reviews the calendar carefully each month, highlighting the days and locations of one of his favorite activities, bingo.

“Ira never misses a bingo game,” said his niece, Marlene Lucente, with a smile.

When he isn’t playing bingo and tallying his winnings, Miller enjoys visiting with friends or members of his extended family. He is also pursuing a new hobby, Diamond Dot painting.