Friday, March 11, 2011

Round Robin: Ages 98 and Up

This week's Round Robin Photo Challenge is called "Ages." I asked people to show us "not just one age, but a comparison, a contrast." As busy as I've been recently, I haven't been able to take any relevant photos, so I'm dipping into my archives to show you Eva, one last time.

I met Eva Osburn on May 18th, 2003, her 98th birthday. That was nearly two years before I got my first decent digital camera, so I have no pictures of her that young. The shot above is my earliest one of her, taken ten days before she turned 100 years old. Here she is with her daughter Harriett, and Harriet's daughter Irene. Three women, three ages, and a strong family resemblence.

Eva's 100th birthday party was a multi-generational affair. I think it was at the home of her great-granddaughter. The little girl here is a great-great granddaughter. The photo is blurry but I like it.

At age 102 (and a half!) Eva was still fairly active, but she did move in with Harriett. And a dog.

The following year she moved on into an assisted/independent living facility, where she remained until her final days. Here she is on her birthday in 2008, age 103. A retired nurse, Eva saw herself as a helper and advocate for her fellow residents.

And here she is the day she turned 104, May 18th, 2009. She died in April, 2010, so she didn't quite make it to 105. But 104 is pretty impressive! At her funeral, the electric bell at St. Michael's tolled 104 times. It seemed to take forever.

Now let's see what ages the other Robins have photographed!

Linking List
as of March 12th, Midnight MST

Karen - Posted!
Outpost Mâvarin

Jama - Posted!
Sweet Memories

Day One

sugar and spice and everything gneiss

Nancy Luvs Pics

The ScrabbleQueen Knits, Too

Gattina - Posted!
Keyhole Pictures

I have to work on Saturday, possibly at both jobs, but I'll catch up with you again Saturday evening!



Scrabblequeen said...

Awesome subject for your post! Oh, and happy birthday to you, too. I should do something special this year, as in the importal words of my dh, I'll hit the half-century mark. Lucky I don't hit HIM!

kathy b said...

just love your images . What a wonderful gal the over a century woman is!

Gattina said...

Wow ! that's amazing and she looked so good even at 104 ! That's a very encouraging post ! (at least for me !!)