Witty Palm Bay resident celebrates her 103rd birthday


Aleen Potter kept her guests laughing during her birthday celebration.

SENIOR LIFE Darrell Woehler


In 1915 the first stop sign appeared in Detroit, the same year Aleen Potter, banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller and singer actor Frank Sinatra were born.

It was a few months after the start of World War I when Aleen Potter was born in Springfield, Mo.

On Jan. 19, a gathering that included Palm Bay Mayor William Capote joined residents of RiverView Senior Resort to celebrate Potter’s 103rd birthday.

“Aleen, I want to say Happy Birthday,” Capote said. “I wished I could have that same longevity. She asked me what for?”

During the celebration, Potter kept fellow residents at RiverView laughing with some of her responses to questions.

“Getting old isn’t for sissies,” Potter said.

Asked about her secrets to longevity, she was quick with answers.

“Have a glass of wine every once-in-a-while,” she said. “Don’t rush into anything. Think it over. Enjoy time with friends and family.”

Potter moved to Florida in 2011 to be near family. Considered one of the founders, in 2016 she became one of the first residents to move into RiverView Senior Resort in Palm Bay.