Elsada Miriam Duncan Day has seen and experienced a whole lot.
She’s lived through two World Wars and 20 elections of U.S. Presidents. She was born the same year as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She’s seen the inventions of the television and cell phone.
On Jan. 15, Day celebrated her 110th birthday. She is the oldest living Milton resident, and the city will celebrate her on Jan. 29.
Known by locals simply as “Miss Elsie” she received a special hand delivered proclamation from Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood, and the city wants to collect birthday cards from all its residents to formally present to her at City Hall on Monday.
Residents who want to give Day a card can drop one by City Hall — at 2006 Heritage Walk — or comment on the city’s Facebook page.
According to an article on the Embassy of Jamaica’s website from 2008, which celebrated her 100th birthday, Elsada Duncan was born in in Brainerd, St. Mary, Jamaica, on Jan. 15, 1908 to local farmers.
She attended school until the age of 15, and then took up the skill of dressmaking. She gave birth to her daughter Norma in 1940 and adopted her niece and nephew. Day and her family immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s, first living in Connecticut, and then moved to metro Atlanta in 1995.
Day has eight great-grandchildren, and told the embassy that she attributes her long life to her “faith in God.”
The city will honor their centenarian at Monday’s city council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.
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