PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Terry Pellegrino has a cane but only uses it when she has to walk long distances.

“It doesn’t feel any different,” she said about hitting the century mark. “I still do the same things.”

The Palm Harbor woman turned 100 on May 28. She’s been volunteering with Suncoast Hospice for 14 years. She spends three days a week visiting with patients and doing odd jobs like laundry.

She says it gives her energy.

“I tell people and tell her she’s our very own Mother Teresa because she is full of love and compassion and just gives it freely,” Suncoast Hospice volunteer coordinator, Kathie Jones said.

Pellegrino began volunteering with hospice after her husband of more than 60 years, Henry, died after a week in hospice care.

“When he passed, I was in this house all by myself and I was going through it and everything saying, ‘What are you doing here? What am I doing in this house?’” she recalled. “When I got into hospice, I took whatever necessary courses they had and here I am Lord.”

Her service is so appreciated that the Suncoast Hospice employees threw her a giant 100th birthday party and more than 60 people attended.

“It was a great surprise for the number of people who showed,” Pellegrino said. “I never expected the number of people who came.”

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