A century of living should be celebrated
“To me, it’s just normal. The thing I was interested in my whole life was learning. I just wanted to learn stuff, and so that’s what I did,” she said. “And when you’re learning, you’re not thinking of time or the years.”
Kelly was born in Lamar County in Northeast Texas. She grew up in Wichita Falls and, after college, took a secretarial job with an American construction company in Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon. She met engineer John T. Kelly there. They married in 1943, and his career took them to Bahrain, Australia, Italy and Holland. They had two kids, and he died in 1981. Lillie Kelly spent most of her time since then in Wichita Falls. She now lives with a daughter in Round Rock.
For me, the comment that best describes Kelly’s upbeat view of life was this one: “I enjoyed life during the Depression.”
And because she doesn’t think 100 is a big deal, she has no special plans for the day.
The census report says Texas had 2,917 centenarians in 2010, placing us behind California, 5,921; New York, 4,605; and Florida, 4,090. The Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska have the most centenarians per capita. Hardy stock up there, I guess.
The census folks advise caution in comparing centenarian counts from different years because of “variations in data quality across censuses.”
“Misreporting occurs when a respondent does not answer the question accurately. With respect to centenarian data, it can result from illiteracy, cognition difficulties, proxy reporting or simply a desire to attain the status of being a centenarian,” the report says, noting studies showing the 2000 numbers were “artificially high.”
Here’s a non-shocker from the new report: “Centenarians are concentrated in the ‘youngest’ centenarian ages,” as in 62.5 percent in 2010 were 100 or 101, only 8 percent were over 104 and only 0.6 percent (a total of 330) were 110 or more.
Some other stats: For
Texas had 2,917 centenarians in 2010, census reports say.
every 100 female centenarians, there were only 20.7 men, a promising stat for heterosexual centenarian males looking for dates.
The most common living arrangement for male centenarians (45.3 percent of them) was “living with others in a household.” Among the women, 35.2 percent were in nursing homes and 34 percent were living alone at home. A third of the men were living alone at home.
Let’s close with advice from Kelly, who’s planning to live until she’s 114, for hitting the century mark.
“Enjoy it, and do what you love, if there is something that you love,” she said.
Good advice, and though I respect the wisdom of the elders I’m sticking to my guns on this one. Kelly is wrong and I don’t care what the census numbers show. Turning 100 is a big deal (at least it’s going to be when I reach it). $10,000.
Bishop said he settled under “duress,” so he bought a law book and decided to defend himself. Since then, he has filed a lawsuit in Austin against the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency that oversees pipelines, arguing it failed to properly investigate the pipeline and protect groundwater, public health and safety.
Aware that the oil giant could have a battery of lawyers and experts at the hearing later this month, Bishop, 64, a retired chemist currently in medical school, said he is determined to fight.
“Bring ’em on. I’m a United States Marine. I’m not afraid of anyone. I’m not afraid of them,” he said. “When I’m done with them, they will know that they’ve been in a fight. I may not win, but I’m going to hurt them.”