TROY — According to recent centenarian Jane Jackson, there’s no point in turning 100 if you don’t have a huge celebration.
Jane celebrated her landmark Aug. 23 birthday with no fewer than three parties.
“You don’t want to live to be 100 years old if you don’t want a big birthday,” the Caldwell House resident said.
Jane was born just south of Troy in 1917, but from her high school years on, she lived in Pleasant Hill.
She recalled spending a lot of time outside as a young girl, playing in the creek near her house in warm weather and on the ice in cold weather. She remembered sledding in the winter and that she only got her first pair of ice skates in high school.
“We didn’t have television or anything like that,” she said. “We did with what we had.”
She met her husband Clyde in high school and they made a living farming, which she said was hard work but enjoyable.
“I enjoyed working and I enjoyed farming,” she said.
Jane and Clyde were married for 73 years and raised their two children in Pleasant Hill. Over the years, their family grew to include five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Jane’s daughter Jolene Shellenberger, who was visiting her mother with her husband Lynn, said that her whole family attended Newton Local Schools.
Jane said she had no secrets to living a long life, as she never expected to be a centenarian. She added that her goal was only to make it as far as her mother and live to be 96.
“When I came in here, I was 94. When my husband passed. And I said, ‘OK, I’ll live two more years and go at 96,’” Jane said. “I just went right on.”
While she couldn’t offer any advice on living to be 100, she did have these words of wisdom for younger generations:
“Do the best you can and be as good as you can.”
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