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Longtime Manteca/Lathrop resident Pico-Roy turns 100

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Longtime Manteca/Lathrop resident Pico-Roy turns 100

From left, Sandy Luke, Lori Deboer and Lonnie Pico were on hand to celebrate the 100 year birthday of their grandmother, Martha Logan Pico-Roy, at Valley Garden Health Care and Rehabilitation Cente...

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POSTED October 20, 2012 1:24 a.m.

Martha Logan Pico-Roy recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

The landmark event was held Sept. 28 at Valley Garden Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Stockton. She was joined by her two surviving children, Lorraine Weertman of Lodi and Bob Pico of French Camp, family members, and dignitaries from the City of Lathrop.

All told, about 25 were in attendance, including Lathrop Mayor J. “Chaka” Santos, Bennie Gatto – he, too, is a former mayor of Lathrop – and his wife, Joyce.

Santos presented Pico-Roy with a proclamation from the city, according to her son Bob Pico.

She officially turned 100 on Oct. 2, moving to Manteca as a teenager from Wisconsin. Pico-Roy was also a longtime resident of Lathrop and spent some time in San Mateo, working at the San Mateo High School cafeteria.

She’s been in Valley Garden for the past three years, suffering a horrendous injury at 96.

“She was staying in a senior apartment complex when she took a fall,” said Pico, who indicated that his mother suffered a gall bladder attack, puncturing her lung during the fall.

“It took a lot of her life,” he added.

Prior to her accident, Pico-Roy was active. She enjoyed crocheting and attending the crafts shows.

“She had more yarn than you can shake a stick at,” her son said. “She often made blankets for the grandkids.”

For the exception of her 90-year-old sister Virginia Randel of Portland, Pico-Roy has already outlived most of her friends.

“She talks very little these days,” Bob Pico said. “She does recognize familiar faces but sometimes it takes a little time.”

Pico-Roy, who has several generations of grand children – Bob Pico estimates those numbers to be somewhere in the 30s – can still greet those she knows with a big smile.

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