Vera Pine still occasionally works in her flower garden during the summer at her Gay Street home.

Pine also remains an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox, to the point that it led to a flood in her home.

But the longtime resident has had to cut back on her activities. She no longer attends the Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church, but watches her religious services on the television on Sunday mornings.

This is not bad for a person who turned 103 years young last month.

City Manager Tom Luttrell presented her with a framed certificate Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, at her home. The City Council had voted to recognize her the previous night.

Pine is believed to be the oldest resident of Rockland, but there is no formal directory that would confirm that fact.

She was born on the small island of Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada, Jan. 29, 1916.

She was a hairdresser by trade when she lived in Canada. She married DeCosta Pine and the couple moved to Rockland in 1953. They bought the Gay Street house in 1963.

Her husband was the skipper of a sardine carrier, and while she worked briefly at one of the sardine plants, her attention was on raising three children — Vincent being the oldest, followed by Vivian and Maitland.

Pine became a U.S. citizen in 2010 at the age of age 94.

She tended both flower and vegetable gardens at home for decades, but has had to cut back to occasional work in the flower garden.

Pine said she has been an avid Boston Red Sox fan for as long as she can remember. A few years ago that led to an incident when she had turned the water on in a sink while the television was on with a Red Sox game being broadcast.

A Sox player hit a home run and she rushed to the television to watch it and forgot to turn off the faucet. By morning, her son Maitland received a phone call from a paper carrier that there was water coming out the door of her home.

She still follows the Sox, and mentioned the departure last week of the club's equipment truck going to Florida to prepare for spring training.

Her favorite player over the years was former catcher Jason Varitek, who called her on her 100th birthday.

Her husband, DeCosta, died in 1987 at the age of 73.

Pine had an explanation for her longevity, which is partly genetic, since her mother lived to within two weeks of her 100th birthday.

"I like to live life to the fullest. And I believe in being kind to everyone," Pine said.

To put her life into perspective, Pine was born prior to the United States' entry into World War I. Woodrow Wilson was president. New Mexico and Arizona had only become states four years earlier.

And a 21-year-old Babe Ruth was playing for the Red Sox, helping them win the World Series over the Brooklyn Robins.