Oneda Dixon will turn 100 years old on Saturday, February 15, ringing in her birthday with a celebration at the East Hampton Senior Nutrition Center on February 14 at noon.Ms. Dixon, who has lived in East Hampton for more than 50 years, will be honored with a proclamation by the East Hampton Town Board and visits from Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and Village Mayer Paul Rickenbach Jr. at her party, said Michelle Posillico, the nutrition center’s program supervisor.
Originally from Moorseville, North Carolina, Ms. Dixon moved to East Hampton with her husband, Ollie Dixon, who worked as a chauffeur and cook for actor and pilot Cliff Robertson and his wife, Dina Merrill, she said.
Mr. Dixon, now deceased, and Ms. Dixon were married for more than 40 years, said Ms. Dixon, and they had six children: Jacqueline, Thomas, Eulace, David, Narilatha and Mattie.
Ms. Dixon’s strongest quality, said her daughter Jackie Glover, is her devotion to her family, and to God.
“I love my church family,” said Ms. Dixon, who has been an active member at the Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton for more than 20 years, and is now a member of Triune Baptist Church in Sag Harbor. “Singing, reading, teaching Sunday school—I’m a good Christian.”
Ms. Dixon also considers her faith to be one of her biggest accomplishments throughout her life and enjoys reading the Bible when she isn’t at the nutrition center or at church. “I’m most proud of working for the Lord and loving everybody,” she said.
Over her past 100 years, Ms. Dixon has managed to stay healthy and happy, said Ms. Glover.
“I remember when we first moved out here, my mom would always be walking,” she said. “Even now, she loves to walk around the yard and get outside. It’s really what’s kept her alert and healthy. She takes no medication.”
As for her birthday bash, Ms. Dixon said she’s most excited for just one thing.
“To say ‘happy birthday’—I’m happy to be here,” she said.