LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Beatrice Sims, aunt of Senator Curren D. Price Jr., celebrated her 106th birthday Oct. 4 surrounded by family, friends and staff at the Country Villa South nursing home.

Sims is the oldest of four living sisters and one brother and was raised on a farm in Mississippi until age 17. She moved to New Orleans at that point to attend Xavier Prep Catholic School.

Sims left school to work as a domestic sewing and repairing clothes then moved to California in 1944. There she purchased her own sewing machine and became a seamstress working from her home. She also made clothes for children she knew free of charge and volunteered at local senior citizen centers and for the Red Cross.

“I am blessed to be here for these 106 years, and I am happy the way my life turned out,” said Sims.