Tuesday, July 24, 2007

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In honor of great aunt Shirley

The White Plains Times runs a story about my great aunt Shirley Rodkinson, who celebrated her 106th birthday last month. My favorite part of the article:

It’s clear that Shirley has always lived her life by her own terms. According to Richard, his grandmother has “rode life at a very even keel,” and has always been both independent and “firm in her opinion.” He added, with a laugh, that “Shirley’s not your typical Jewish grandmother; she never tried to tell you how to live your life.”

[Her daughter] Florence also makes note of her mother’s strong spirit, recalling when Shirley was first admitted into White Plains Center for Nursing Care. Her first reaction? “When do I get out of here?”

Aunt Shirley is my late grandfather's older sister. I'm very fond of her -- despite her New York Yankee loyalties.

posted by Dan on 07.24.07 at 09:18 AM


Good for her! My grandmother lived to 105, the last 10 years or so in a nursing home after a broken hip. She didn't hear very well, if at all near the end, but she was always aware and happy for company.

I recall, upon getting caught sneaking my German Shepherd in the back door to see her, the nursing home staff, instead of kicking us out, insisted I walk him down to the common area to visit with all the patients -- he was a hit.

posted by: Mark H. on 07.24.07 at 09:18 AM [permalink]

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