106 And One to Grow On

<br /><br /><br /><br /> Opal Bostick celebrated her 106th birthday Thursday surrounded by friends and family including her great-granddaughter, Amanda Green, and great-greatgranddaughter, Jocelyn Green.<br /><br /><br /><br /> NEWS HERALD photos by AARON MAY

What is the secret to long life? According to Opal Bostick, her secret to long life is “eating and sleeping and sleeping and eating.”

Bostick, with five generations of her family, celebrated her 106th birthday at the Gregg Home for the Aged Thursday afternoon.

Born two years before Henry Ford’s Model T rolled off the assembly lines, Bostick lived through numerous events that shaped American culture. She was in her 20s when the Great Depression swept the nation, 27 years old when Franklin Roosevelt proposed a New Deal, 35 years old when Japanese planes dropped bombs on Pearl Harbor and 50 when Elvis Presley released his first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel.”

By the time Walter Cronkite reported on Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, Bostick was eligible for Social Security. She also shares a birthday with country singer Tex Ritter, also born on Jan. 12, 1906.

Bostick said her favorite childhood activity was square dancing and she is known to her family for her ability to come up with a natural remedy to most ailments. “She was big into natural remedies,” said her greatgranddaughter Amanda Green. “Any time you’d tell her about something, she’d tell you something that’s a natural remedy.”

Opal Bostick celebrated her 106th birthday Thursday surrounded by friends and family including her great-granddaughter, Amanda Green, and great-greatgranddaughter, Jocelyn Green.

Bostick also is a proud great- great- grandmother of three with a fourth on the way.

Source: http://www.kilgorenewsherald.com/news/2012-01-14/Front_Page/106_And_One_to_Grow_On.html

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