Q: Is staying active important to you?
A: I keep busy. I go to church and I have many friends there. I also belong to one of the small groups at the church, and we meet once a week. I also get out with a lady friend for lunch three times a week. I still drive. It’s not one of my favorite things to do, but it gets me around. I even went and bought myself a little convertible.
Q: Is all of this part of what makes you happy?
A: I’m happy as a Christian. God has been a very big part of my life for over 50 years.
Q: You and your husband were married for how many years?
A: We were together 48 1/2 years, and he’s been gone for 11 years. We shared a love. We never fought. He wouldn’t have gotten into a fight even if I’d wanted to. We mostly had the same ideas about a lot of things. He was a Christian man. He did a lot of work for the church. I did things for the church, too. I did coffee and cookies. The little ones always called me the “Cookie Lady.”
Q: What has life been like without your husband?
A: I never thought I would live this long. I always told my husband that I was going first and leave him with the mess. Then he passed away, and there really wasn’t any mess. I have four children, and they sort of watch out for me. I live with my son and I have three daughters.
Q: What do you do with your time for enjoyment?
A: I read a lot at night on my Kindle. I have a computer, so I pay my bills online. And I play games on my iPad. My son helps me with the technology. I’m still pretty computer-illiterate. I just saw them (family members) sitting and playing on all these things and thought, “I could do that!”