Chicago woman celebrates 100th birthday

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CHICAGO -- At 100 years old, Otea Esterds is still easy to make laugh.

On Saturday Esterds celebrated her 100 birthday surrounded by friends and some good food.

Esterds was born in Mississippi, April 30, 1916. Woodrow Wilson was president, World War I raged on in Europe, and the Cubs just began to play at what wasn’t even yet Wrigley Field.

100 years later, the world has changed. Esterds remains active, a vibrant member of her retirement community on the South Side who is always ready to put her life in God’s hands..

“So that is really my relief is trusting in God for my every need, and he has taken care of me all of these years,” Esterds said.

For years, she worked in Chicago schools, retiring in 1986. She was always willing to share a smile and a laugh. Simply living … even today.

“I think I’ve spent all my life like that, one day at a time,” Esterds said, “and never wished for anything.

Contentment: what a wonderful legacy after the first 100 years.