Millie Perry celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends recently at her home in The Greens in Melville.
“Congratulations and best wishes to you, Millie – and your twin sister, Louise – as you both celebrate this incredible milestone,” said Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci. He presented a Town of Huntington proclamation to Perry from the Town Board recognizing her 100th birthday.
Afterward, she divulged her secret to a long and vibrant life — a glass of Scotch whisky at 4 p.m. every day.
Millie Perry was born Aug. 31, 1918, to Theresa and Michael Scarpelli. She has four sisters, including her twin, Louise, who was celebrating her 100th birthday in Las Vegas. Perry attended PS 45 in Bedford Stuyvesant where she met her husband, Gabriel “Gabe” Perry. They remained sweethearts while Gabe attended dental school and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. They were married on Dec. 7, 1941.
After World War II, Gabe opened a dental practice in Bellerose, where Millie worked as an assistant.
Millie and Gabe were married for 55 years until his death in 1996. Millie has 2 children, 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Today, Millie lives with her son Joe and his wife Lenore in Melville.