Celebrating our Centenarians!

Imagine navigating life against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Space Age, the Digital Age and many other historical events. The remarkable centenarians we serve at American Senior Communities possess a wealth of knowledge and are living historical treasures. 

What a privilege it is to share their amazing stories and valuable advice. We invite you to scroll through this photo album honoring some of the wonderful Centenarians that we are honored to serve at ASC.

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Lillian Davidson

October 12, 1912

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Lillian Davidson, who was born in Kentucky, was a vibrant resident of Lake Pointe Village. She was the mother of four children and the grandmother of 11. She worked several years at the U.S. Powder Company in Charlestown. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, playing cards and working on puzzles. Roses are her favorite flower.

Lillie Bronson

August 2, 1913

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Born August 2, 1913 in Howard County, Indiana, Mrs. Bronson is a 1928 graduate of Kokomo High School. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington. She married Frank Sallee, who passed, and William Bronson, who also preceded her in death. She has five children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She worked as a dental assistant and CNA. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Mrs. Bronson told her family that she was a sickly baby, but that changed after the family doctor made a special “home brew” for her which helped her get better. “My mom thinks the brew is her secret to longevity,” said her daughter Cheryl Locke.

Lizzie Mae Barrett

January 24, 1917

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Lizzie Mae Barrett is a sweetheart! She loves engaging in activities and is always open to trying new things!

Lois Bledsoe

August 30, 1915

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This Cayuga, Indiana native was a homemaker. She has five children and several grandchildren. As a younger woman, she loved dancing, sewing and cooking. Her advice for a long life: a good diet comprised of three healthy meals a day and never skip a meal, never smoke or drink. She has her own teeth which she brushes twice a day. For her skin, she uses a little Oil of Olay on her face each day.

Centenarian Lois Smith with floral and brick background

Lois Smith

June 15, 1922

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Monticello Healthcare is celebrating resident Lois Smith as she turns 101 on Thursday, June 15. Lois was born in Rockfield, Indiana. She worked for 26 years at a factory called Switches in Logansport, where she was a final tester on car parts. She was married to Glenn for 49 years and they had three children together. Her hobbies included travel, and she loved to play Euchre and was a member of Euchre clubs. She has always loved reading and she has read countless books. You can still find her reading her Kindle often. Lois states that she has always enjoyed being active and has always felt young for her age.

Lola (Jean) Hays

March 28, 1922

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I was born March 28, 1922 in Muncie, Indiana. I grew up at 306 Highland Avenue. My parents are Lala Marine (Rinker) and John (Stuart) Bender. My father was born in 1900 in Battle Creek, Michigan. I have a brother, Edward. My grandmother's name is Lora Rinker, who lived with us for awhile. My other grandparents are John Irving Bender and Esther Ann Vollick. I had a lot of aunts and uncles on my dad's side. I went all through school in Muncie and even went to college at Ball State. I was in the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. We used to host things like dances and weiner roasts.  I married Fodge (Earl W Hays), who has since passed away in 1995. I work for the bank during the war and was in charge of printing the money. I also worked for a minister at the church. I have two children: Sheila and Steve. I like to play cards.

Lorrain Morford

May 16, 1914

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Born in Pike County, Indiana, Mrs. Morford graduated from Manuel High School in 1931. She and her late husband, Robert, have one son, William. She enjoyed reading and working puzzles. Her advice for living a long life: “Believe in God and stay active.”

Louise Steele

April 6, 1915

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Louise Steele enjoys socializing, playing skip-bo, being active in her church and making clothes. She was a 2nd grade teacher and still enjoys being around children. Her favorite color is blue, and she loves coffee and cats.

Lucille Hanson

April 11, 1912

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Lucille Hanson still enjoys many of the activities she used to participate in as a younger woman. She loves going out for meals and shopping. She loves spending time with family and watching movies. She loves going to the ballet and to concerts. Mrs. Hanson was formerly a ballet dancer and teacher and she still loves to dance. She doesn’t have any secrets about how to live past 100 years. “I just enjoy each day,” she said.

Lucille Klosterman

September 24, 1915

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Lucille Klosterman was married for 54 years and has two sons. She spent years doing what she loved: gardening, planting vegetables and canning. Her other favorite hobbies were crocheting and sewing. This allowed her to make all of her family’s clothing. She was a fan of all kinds of music.

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