Paterson Native Who Was NJ's Oldest Resident Dies at 111
Thursday, September 6, 2012 • 8:13pm
PATERSON, NJ - When Melva Mae Cadmus Radcliffe retired from a 45-year teaching career at School 13 in 1963, she still had almost a half century of life ahead of her.
In fact, Radcliffe lived long enough to become New Jersey's oldest resident. She died on August 31 at an assisted living facility in Wall. Radcliffe's family discussed her legacy in a story on nj.com.
Radcliffe offered the following "life's lessons" when she turned 110 in 2011:
*Anything you love is important.
*Don’t be afraid to travel.
*Don’t go abroad and eat in a chain restaurant. Eating in a foreign place is apart of the trip.
*Good table manners count.
*Children love praise. They’ll do something again and again just to get you to praise them.
*You will always need your girlfriends.
*Clean your teeth three times a day.
*Think twice before plastic surgery - you might look prettier without it.