By Makenzie O'Keefe

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado woman celebrated her 103rd birthday on Thursday at a care center in Aurora. Emily “Lee” Roche was born in 1918 and she has lived through two pandemics — first the Spanish Flu and now COVID-19. Belleview Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care was among the Colorado centers for older adults that was hit hard by the pandemic.

She is a devout Catholic who spent a lot of her time delivering communion at St. Bernadette’s Cathedral in Lakewood.

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Church is where she met her husband, having five boys, leading to 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

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“It’s just a great world, isn’t it?” Lee told CBS4’s Makenzie O’Keefe via Zoom.

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The birthday party was complete with a crown and Roche’s favorite kind of cake. She says her secret to a long life is her faith, and just “being a good girl.”

Makenzie O'Keefe