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At 102, Each Day Is A Celebration

Willie Earthman arrives each day at the East Central Senior Center, dressed for a party. And why not? When you are 102, each new day is a celebration. On a recent morning, she sat at a table at the senior center, wearing a red dress she’d made herself, topped with a glittering gold-sequined jacket. “My grandmother taught me how to sew,” she said. A half-dozen necklaces dangled from her neck and rings sparkled from every finger. Born on July 13, 1908, in Pascagoula, Miss., Earthman and her four older brothers and two younger sisters worked with their parents on a 40-acre farm owned by the Parker family. “There wasn’t no discrimination,” she asserted. “Mrs. Parker and us all worked together”/Cindy Hval, Voices. More here.

Question: Does your family have a history of longevity?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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