Social distancing isn’t slowing down 100-year-old Nadine Center.
The Good Samaritan Society – Las Cruces Village, New Mexico, resident has survived the Great Depression, World War II, the Kennedy assassination and several other iconic events in history.
Now, she’s adding a global pandemic to her list.
“It’s unusual. We usually go out and be and do,” says Nadine. “Now, we’re kind of closed in.”
Nadine lives in an apartment at Las Cruces Village, where she’s been a resident for 11 years, and she continues to stay active, despite the quarantine.
“I’m moving around quite a bit and I’m very thankful,” Nadine says.
She’s a fitness buff who daily walks up and down each hallway of her three-story apartment building. Prior to the quarantine, she participated in exercise classes on campus. Now, she exercises in her apartment six days a week.
In addition to staying physically fit, she spends a lot of time reading to keep her mind sharp.
“I read a great deal. We have an excellent library,” she says. “My friend on the first floor also has a lot of books, and she’s willing to share.”
Nadine was born on March 19, 1920, in Waldron, Arkansas. She grew up on a farm with several siblings.
She remembers The Great Depression and how her family had everything they needed because they lived on a farm.
During World War II, she says her entire family lived near each other until her brother and brother-in-law enlisted in the service.
Nadine married a home builder and says she helped him build houses from time to time. They had two children – a son and a daughter – and lived most of their married life in California.
When the Kennedy assassination happened, Nadine know exactly where she was. “I was working at JC Penney, and it was very, very sad,” she says.
After living in California for decades, she and her husband retired to her home state of Arkansas. When he died, she remained in the home they had built.
In 2009, she decided to move to Las Cruces Village to be closer to her daughter.
“It was just the right thing to do at the right time, and I have really been very happy here,” Nadine says.
When asked if she ever thought she’d live to 100, Nadine says, “No, I had no idea I’d be here at this time in my life, but I’m still here and happy. There are things to do and special friends at Las Cruces Village.”
In addition to two children, Nadine has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“It’s been a good long life,” she says.