Cakes on Fire!

Week 13: #52Ancestors – Light a Candle

By Eilene Lyon

Both my parents turn 87 this year. I have no way of knowing if they will make it to 90 or not (we do hope so!), but there is some precedent for achieving that milestone or more in my family tree. This is just a list of my ancestors who made it to 90 and beyond, how old they were when they died, and their relationship to me.

Clare Ransom (Davis) Smith (1914-2004), 90, grandmother

Clare Ransom (Davis) Smith

Walter Eugene Gusso (1890-1980), 90, great-grandfather

Walter Eugene Gusso

Mary (Paul) Reams (1836-1926), 90, 2nd great-grandmother

Mary (Paul) Reams

Emma Christina (Schaaf) Dills (1883-1974), 91, great-grandmother

Andreas Mathias Nordt (1836-1927), 91, 3rd great-grandfather

Mathias Nordt

Louisa (Huber) Wagner (1736-1827), 91, 5th great-grandmother

Nancy (Dean) Smith (1797-1889), 92, 3rd great-grandmother

Amy (Moon) Maxson (1771-1866), 94, 5th great-grandmother

Amy (Moon) Maxson

Nancy (Ary) Self (1804-1900), 96, 4th great-grandmother

Nancy (Ary) Self

Martin R. Smith (1823-1921), 98, 2nd great-grandfather

Martin R. Smith

Sophia (Eddinger) Livengood (~1774-~1871), 97-100, 4th great-grandmother


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  1. Wow! My mother and her sister lived to 97. So did their mother, whose own mother lived to 94 (until my freshman year of college). Dad’s mother lived to 93. My husband’s mother will be 100 come September!

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  2. Well, there is hope for a long life for you! I’m reading the book The Measure just now and it’s about everyone in the world receiving these boxes with a string. The length of your string indicates how long you will live. The longer the string, the longer your life. I’m not so sure I’d open my box.

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    1. I’ve been hoping for 100 or more, but quality of life matters to me. At only 61, I’ve already experienced more deterioration than I ever expected this soon. I wish you many more active years, Anabel. I’m sure all those walks are keeping you fit.


    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I heartily agree on having good quality of life. My mother’s dementia is not something I ever wish to experience firsthand. My dad, on the other hand, is in great shape.

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    1. I think I do. But there are some surprises, too. One line dies early from heart attack – took my brother at 55. My dad’s uncle was just 43. But I think I may get lucky. Sorry to hear your parents are gone now.

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      1. My maternal grandmother and seven of her siblings died of heart problems, the youngest of a leaky valve at age 18. So that does worry me a bit, as it does you. I hope we are both lucky! Thank you.

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