Lubbockite Celebrates A 100 Year Milestone - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/08

Lubbockite Celebrates A 100 Year Milestone

Born July 10, 1908 near Blackwell Texas, Elsie Cole was the youngest of 7 children.

I asked her, "Did you ever think you were going to make it to 100 years old?"

Elsie replied, "It never even entered my mind..no... Never even though about anything like that."

Elsie's parents moved her and her siblings to New Mexico in a horse draw wagon when she was six. In her 100 years she has seen the debut of the car and nearly every technology we use today.

"You more or less take those things for granted as you go along. You don't get too excited about them when they happen," Elsie said.

But some things Elsie does get excited about are her church, Highland Baptist on 34th Street, her two sons, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

"One of the reasons I think she's here is this community and the feelings she has for them and they have for her," said Bob Cole, Elsie's some.

"For the past four or five years we've gone camping.. All of us and she's been there ever year. She sleeps in a tent an everything," said Corrine Karesh, Elsie's great granddaughter.

Elsie loves to camp and backpack but she didn't start it until she was 70-years-old.

"So much is the example she set in building the house and backpacking and her attitude towards everything has really been a great example for us," added Bob.

And when you get around someone who reaches such a pinnacle you can't help but ask for some advice. And this is what 100 years has taught Elsie, "If you can love people and they love you, you've go it made... Love is the greatest power in the world and we need to make use of it," Elsie said.

Despite her age, Elsie is still very independent. She drove up until January of this year. And she still lives in the house she designed and built.

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