She’ll turn 101 on Sunday, which means another trip to Red Lobster to celebrate

    Rowena Nelson lives in a house with her cat, Uggie. This may not seem too impressive until you hear that Rowena is turning 101 on September 30 and she is living, unassisted, in her own home, in Crookston’s Woods Addition.

    Chatting in her living room this week, Rowena says was born near Fort Griffin, Texas in the small town of Aberdeen. She lived with her parents, her brother and her sister. She went to Aberdeen High and enjoyed academics. Rowena said she always wanted to be a secretary when she grew up, so she worked in an office until she was recruited to the Signal Corps, and the camp was based in Aberdeen. At the camp, she worked as a telephone operator and bookkeeper, and it was there where she met her future husband, Stanley. They married in 1945. Stan was raised in Crookston, so when he was discharged from military service in 1945 the couple moved to be with Stan’s family in Crookston.

    Rowena has three children, many grandchildren, and many more great-grandchildren. “ I love every one of them,” she said.

    She enjoys camping with her large family, going to her great grandkids’ sporting events, keeping her house tidy, cooking, and crocheting. She has crocheted a blanket for every member of her large family.

    Every year for her birthday Rowena goes to Red Lobster. She says she enjoys the fish and the shrimp but not the lobster because “it disappoints me.”

    Rowena says the secret to a long life is to “take care of your health and always do what you think is right.”