Martha Ann Miller birthday

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was on hand as Clarendon United Methodist Church honored the 106th birthday of Martha Ann Miller by donating 106 boxes of cereal to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Martha Ann Miller, a longtime Arlington resident and former county teacher, turned 106 on Aug. 6, and to honor the event, the congregation of Clarendon United Methodist Church conducted a food drive in her honor.

Parishioners brought in 106 boxes of cereal, which will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. The church partners with AFAC as a distribution site, and all the boxes collected will be distributed to those who get their food from the church’s pantry.

Among those on hand to celebrate the event was U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Miller’s residency in Arlington dates to the mid-1930s, when it was “out in the sticks” compared to D.C., she said during a community gathering several years ago to promote her autobiography,  “The First Century and Not Ready for the Rocking Chair Yet.”

Miller and her late husband were active in the effort to win General Assembly approval for an elected school board, which occurred in the late 1940s. In the 1950s, she was a staff member at Stratford Junior High School, which in 1959 became one of the first Virginia public schools integrated under court order.

As she reached and then exceeded the century mark, Miller has credited her longevity to daily doses of Super Vitamin B-Complex with Vitamin C. It’s a combination she’s been taking for more than a half-century.