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Sina Hayes, right, shares a moment with her daughter-in-law, Frankie Hayes, during a party held in Sina's honor to celebrate her upcoming 110th birthday. (Photo: Lauren Carroll/The Winston-Salem Journal)

By Richard Craver/The Winston-Salem Journal

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — There may be no single secret or trick to long life, but exhibiting a “Pollyanna” attitude and keeping happy thoughts on the mind works well enough for Sina Joyner Hayes, who turns 110 years old Thursday.

More than 50 members of Hayes’ immediate and extended family held a birthday celebration Saturday at Brookridge Retirement Community, where she has lived since 1994 following the death of Raleigh, her beloved husband of 70 years who passed away at age 92.

Her family tree has sprouted limbs of five generations and at least 39 immediate members, including 16 great-great grandchildren, according to family members. With her sons, Harold, 90, and Carlyle, 88, putting down roots in Mission Viejo, Calif., and Fort Worth, Texas, respectively, family members weren’t sure of the exact total of all five generations.

Hayes was recognized in May as the oldest living Winston-Salem resident during the city’s centennial luncheon, which honored the 50 citizens who are or will be 100 years old or older this year.

Hayes was limited in her ability to communicate because of the effect of the noisy surroundings on her diminished hearing. She patiently received well wishes and photo snapshots from family and fellow Brookridge residents and grinned as she received another rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

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