Monday, June 29, 2009

Edra Wilson, a real princess

One of my all-time favorite interviews died over the weekend. Edra Wilson, 104 years young, passed away Saturday.

She was a delightful lady, having squeezed every bit of those 104 years that she could. Born in 1905, she only went to school through the eighth grade, but she was highly educated beyond that and never acted as old as she was.

She was a big NFL fan, read novels, played bingo, was a faithful readers of the word of the day in the Globe-News, loved people and had just a great curiosity about life. She had a terrific sense of humor and was just a joy to talk to.

She was 104 and acted 54. Her mind was always alert even as she begin to wane physically. She spent the last years at Plum Creak Health Care and was the unofficial mayor of the place.

Edra had six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. She had quite a life. I did two columns on her, once when she was 102 and another last February. It was a treat to visit with her.

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