Celebrating Our Centenarians

Celebrating Our Centenarians

Reflections on a century of life, a lifetime of memories.

Millie Pitchford

HighPointe Assisted Living & Memory Care
Denver, Colorado

Did you have any heroes or role models as a child?

My aunts Mary and Josie. There were so many women in my life who were glad I went to college and supported my decision to do so.

What big world events do you remember from the time you were growing up?

One of the big ones was the Dustbowl. It was a terrible situation for farmers including my mother’s family. It had such an effect on them. I remember that, and the Second World War. My nephew was recruited into the Navy, and it was tragic because he was 17 and ended up at the bottom of the ocean. I’ll never forget that … I felt like he was cheated out of his life. He did NOT have to go; he was recruited, not drafted. He didn’t have to go!

The good thing I remember was I spent four summers at Cheley Colorado Camps, about six miles south of Estes Park. Those were the most wonderful summers! There was a plaque there that I loved. It said: Wars never determine who is right, only who is left.

What impresses you?

I was always so amazed by planes, because to be able to take a plane and fly over the clouds is a miracle! I always wanted a window seat! When I was a little girl, I would watch the clouds float by gently, and I always wondered what it would be like to fly above them. Oh, what a sight!

What is the best thing about getting older?

Well, living here at HighPointe, having a good night’s sleep and some really good meals! Honest to goodness, how could I have anything better?

What was your proudest moment?

Graduating from the Colorado State College of Education, now University of Northern Colorado. Nobody paid my way! I had $100 loaned by the bank for every year, and I paid off $400 by myself by teaching at Sugar City, Colorado. I paid it off in my first year of teaching! It was the best feeling not having any debt.

Peg Jordon 

Parkrose Estates Retirement Community
Liverpool, New York

As you look back over your life, do you see any turning points? 

When I had my children things changed, but I wouldn’t change anything about that. High School friends called me “little mother” because I was always talking about babies.

What do you think is the secret to a happy marriage? 

Love, understanding and togetherness in heart so when you’re separated you are still together.

What would you say are the major values or principles that you live by? 

No debt!  If I can’t pay for it, I don’t buy it!

What inventions do you remember from childhood? 

The refrigerator. I hated to have the ice blocks delivered because it seemed so unsanitary.

What’s the most memorable family vacation you took? 

As a child we didn’t have the money for vacations. However, after getting married, my husband and I bought a 26-foot motorhome and loved to travel all over the country with the kids.

Is there anything you wish you’d done differently in
your life? 

I wish I could have gone to college.

Mollie Miller

Parkrose Estates Retirement Community
Liverpool, New York

What are some of the most important lessons you feel you have learned over the course of your your life? 

Be honest and treat everyone nice, and my religion is important in my life

As you look back over your life, do you see any turning points? 

Education. I wish my family could have afforded for me to receive a higher education.

Did you have any heroes or role models when you were a child? 

My older sister was a very good role model for me.

What inventions do you most remember? 

The telephone, during my childhood days, which made communication easier. And in recent years, the invention of Skype and FaceTime, which enable me to see my grandkids and family across the country.

What’s the most memorable family vacation you took? 

After getting married, my husband and I went to Hawaii and took helicopter rides each day into the mountains.

What have you liked best about your life so far? 

The happiest moment of my life was the birth of my first child. And I enjoy having enough money to live in a place like Parkrose. I love it here.

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