How to live to be 107?

KINGSFORD – “Just live a clean life,” that’s the secret to her longevity says Lucille Scott, who turned 107 on Friday.

“I also pray a lot. You have to have faith,” she adds. “And of course stay out of mischief and mind your own business.”

Scott, a resident of Freeman’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford, was treated to a birthday party with many friends and staff in attendance.

During the celebration the Golden Throats sang “Happy Birthday,” and “You Are My Sunshine,” in which she joined in singing. Her roommate, Toots Lindholm assisted her with her birthday tiara.

The staff pampered her for her birthday by doing her hair and nails and also providing her with a wrist corsage.

Scott was very humbled by the warm birthday wishes and gifts. “Thank you so much,” she said. “This is so nice.”

She maybe wheelchair bound, but that doesn’t slow her down.

“She lives life to the fullest,” said a staff member. “She enjoys visiting with people and is very sharp when it comes to answering questions.”

Scott is very active at Freeman’s, where she has resided for the past seven years, participating in many daily activities, including Uno and bingo.

“Oh, I love bingo. It’s so much fun,” she said with a smile. “I win. I’m very lucky.”

She also still enjoys

doing crossword puzzles, word search puzzles and reading. She says this helps keep her mind sharp.

She was born March 14, 1907, to Anna and Adolph Grimord. She attended schools in Iron Mountain and is the longest living graduate of Iron Mountain High School.

“I grew up on West B Street, two blocks away from the Catholic church,” she said. “We were good kids back in those days. We got involved in lots of school activities.”

Scott worked for Michigan Bell. “Several young men came to the school and asked me to run the local telephone office, which was located on East B Street,” she says. “And I agreed.”

She was a cashier and an office clerk there for approximately 19 years.

She married Joe Scott and she raised three sons, all whom are now deceased. Her husband, Joe, had worked in the office at the Ford Plant in Kingsford.

Scott has great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren residing out of the area.

“I definitely don’t feel my age,” Scott says smiling.

And at 107, she looks forward to each and every day.

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