Hudson -- The mayor and city officials, along with residents and family members, recognized a 109-year resident with an honorary street sign.
Ada Cooper Miller, 109, attended the Sept. 27 ceremony to unveil an honorary street sign, "Ada Cooper Miller Lane," placed on Franklin Street at the intersection of Aurora Street.
Mayor William Currin read the resolution dedicating Ada Cooper Miller Lane.
"We talk about the longevity of Ada, but the focal point is a life well lived and a model for all of us," Currin said.
Frank Youngwerth, hosts of Good Day in Hudson, made the proposal to Council about a street sign named after Ada Cooper Miller, who lived on Franklin Street for most of her life. Because some residents objected to changing the street name, Council approved an honorary sign.
Miller worked 75 years for the family florists business. In 1938 she was elected to the Hudson School Board and served for 40 years, including as president from 1954 to 1978, Currin said.
Resident Marty Hills said Miller was her mentor when she followed her on the School Board.
"We have been friends ever since," Hills said. "She's been a wonderful inspiration to everyone."
Resident Ted Olson said she was one of the first people he met in 1980 when he moved to town.
"She did the flowers for our wedding," Olson said. "She is a legend of volunteerism."
Miller served as a volunteer on the Garden Club, the Hudson Woman's Club, Blossom Women of Hudson, Senior Citizen Club and the Episcopal Church Women, Currin said.
"Hudson was built by many people, and Ada was a major part of that," Currin said.
The Western Reserve Symphonic Winds performed and the Western Reserve Academy choir and guests sang "Happy Birthday" a few months early of Miller's actual birthday.
Youngwerth said this was the first time someone nearly 110 years old was honored in Hudson.
"She carries herself very graciously and is loved by everyone," he said.
Youngwerth addressed the students from WRA and gave them a couple of facts to put in perspective what it means to be 110 years old.
"Ada was born about a week before the Wright brothers went down to Kitty Hawk to see if they could fly," Youngwerth said. "The first World Series was played six months after Ada was born."
Miller was born in Southampton, England, Dec. 12, 1903, and came to Hudson with her family in 1904 to join her father, Harry Cooper, a landscape gardener who worked for James Ellsworth on the "Evamere" estate.
She lived most of her life at 139 Franklin St. in a house that was moved from Aurora Street in 1913. She worked along side her mother in Cooper's Flower Shop and Greenhouse and took over the business until she moved into The Elms Assisted Living Facility in Hudson in 2003, where she now resides.
Western Reserve Academy archivist Tom Vince said Ada, at 109, is the oldest graduate from Western Reserve Academy. She graduated in the class of 1924. The new Hudson High School, currently the Hudson Middle School, was being built at the time so WRA and Hudson both claim Ada Cooper Miller as a graduate.
"Ada is our link with someone who remembers James Ellsworth, who died in 1924," Vince said. "She is irreplaceable as someone who has remembered Hudson history."
Youngwerth said Sept. 28 Miller would be inducted into the Hudson High School 2013 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. In addition, he honored her with the Good Day Citizen of the Year award, calling her the citizen of a lifetime.
Previous winners have been Currin, Sherry Beam, Nan Mitcheletti, Margaret Clark Morgan, Liz Murphy and Vince.
"Joining that group today is Ada," Youngwerth said. "Ada is the type of person who does so much good for so many people."
Murphy said she felt she had to be at the event.
"Talk about a once in a lifetime event for us and her," Murphy said.
Miller's daughter, Nancy, and her husband, Dr. John Rodgers, were present and said they thanked the community for honoring her mother.
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