MEDINA — They have lived through seven wars, the Depression, a recession and the introduction of electricity in their homes.
They have gone from horse and buggy to automobile and from landline telephones to cell phones.
Austin Booker, 100, Effie Roshon, 101, and Vivah Walters, 101, were honored Thursday as part of National Centenarian Day at Emeritus Senior Living, 100 High Point Drive, during a luncheon with fellow residents.
Roshon will turn 102 on Monday and Walters will become 102 on Oct. 18.
“It’s been pretty easy to get to 100 and it’s been pretty good,” Booker said with a laugh. “I feel pretty good. I spend as much time outside in the sunshine as possible and that makes me happy. I like it here and I think it’s pretty cool that I made it to 100.”
Emeritus life enrichment director Pat Doner said she came across the National Centenarian Day online and thought it would be great to celebrate it.
“When a resident turns 100, we have a big celebration with everyone invited. That’s a big milestone, and we like to honor it,” she said. “When I saw this online, I thought we should jump on board and hold something here to recognize these three great people.”
Walters and Booker, who have lived at Emeritus for five years, consider themselves friends. Booker is originally from Blue Hill, Mo., and has grandchildren in the area. Walters was born and raised in Spencer.
“I don’t feel that old, but the last couple of days I’ve begun to feel older,” Walters said. “I can’t believe I’m almost 102. I’m so surprised … it’s just crazy. I don’t have any secrets for living this old. It’s just that the good Lord has been good to me.”
Roshon was raised in Medina after her father bought a farm on Fenn Road in 1912. She said the farm is still there and her nephew runs it now.
“My grandson called me the other day and asked how I feel about this whole age business. I told him some days I feel 75 and some days I feel 104,” she said, laughing.
“And some days it’s 175,” Walters chimed in.
“My life has been full, but pretty ordinary,” Roshon said. “I’ve been to Alaska and Europe, and to think I started out in a horse and buggy.”
Roshon said the motto she lives by is: “You have to plan how you’re going to be when you get old before you actually are old.”
Her four tenets are: Never talk about other people; don’t talk about your health; make someone laugh every day; and learn something new every day.
“You’re never too old to learn,” she said. “It may not always be new, but hey — it’s still learning.”
She added: “You wonder why you did live this long, and I know that for me it was because someone in my family needed me,” she said with tears in her eyes. “That’s why I got these extra years.”
Contact Dani Orr at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.