The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


010913 Life longevity

B-I-N-G-O! Friends Edna Wallen, left, 96, and Joy Mann, 93, both of Raleigh County, have their winning combinations for living longer, more productive lives. Both enjoy the activities and camaraderie they experience at Raleigh County Commission on Aging, where they visit most days, and both stay active in crocheting and quilting. Both women possess positive outlooks and are very active within their church communities, two of several factors that can help humans outlive their life expectancies and to do so in happiness and health. Edna (left) ... “I don’t stay home and feel sorry for myself,” says Edna. “I’ve taken care of myself for the last 24 years.” Edna reckons she’s been selected for jury duty at least a baker’s dozen times. She is a mother of 6 children and has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joy (right) ... Joy humorously recalls her adolescent wedding before the age of 16. “I had a number 16 I wrote and put in my shoe.” When asked if she was “over 16” in order to be legally married she, of course, replied “yes” ... and with a clear conscience. Joy, mother to five children, is dealing with the passing of her only son, who died at age 73 from Alzheimer’s.