Four centenarians who live at Good Samaritan Society – Estes Park Village have two main pieces of advice: Live life to its fullest and never feel sorry for yourself.
Three of our wonder women turned 100 this year. The fourth turned 105.
Love every day, record only the sunny hours, and let all the rest disappear, and you’ll have a good life.” – Virginia Webb, Estes Park Village centenarian
Meet these inspirational women below:
Born: 1916 in central Missouri
- Mary grew up on a farm near Stoneham, Colorado. The farm is still family-owned.
- Mary was 12 when she learned to drive a Model T on that farm. She stopped driving at age 96, boasting she’d never had a ticket.
- While attending nursing school in Kansas City, Kansas, Mary told her roommate at a dance, "I'm going to marry that guy." And she did. The couple raised three children.
What she enjoys about life at Estes Park: "People watching," and, "I like being my own boss, and the meals are good."
Born: 1916 in Bellingham, Washington
- Eleanor holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington; a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Santa Barbara; and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Santa Barbara. Eleanor also was president of Trinity College in California for 20 years.
- At age 23, she launched a day camp for underprivileged girls. It started with five counselors and 15 girls and continued to grow over several years.
What she enjoys about life at Estes Park: The employees are "very special people." She adds, "I am having a wonderful life."
Born: 1916 in Waterloo, Iowa
- Virginia graduated from Denver University in 1936 with a degree in speech and the dramatic arts. Her dream was to become an actress and singer. She sang several times at the Brown Palace in Denver.
- She met her husband, Richard, in high school after he nearly hit her with his car.
- Virginia learned firsthand about color film for television from her husband, Richard. He worked for RCA and was one of the developers.
What she enjoys about life at Estes Park: Winning at Bingo, meeting new people, and "showing them the ropes."
Born: 1911 in Butler, Pennsylvania
- Frances was one of Estes Park's first Wii bowling participants. She had the top score and won a gold medal during the Village’s version of the 2012 Olympics.
- Frances makes homemade peanut brittle. She serves it a lot at Estes Park Village because frequent Bingo winners must also bring treats.
- After Frances married, she and her husband, Walter, lived near his family’s ice cream plant along a creek in western Pennsylvania. To get to the plant, people crossed a swinging bridge. She recalls boys swinging the bridge side to side to frighten girls trying to cross it.
Her advice on living a long life: "Taking care of yourself, eating right and living right."