100 years young
Anna Mayberry, a resident at Ballard Manor celebrated a milestone on April 16 as she turned 100 years old.
"I just feel like any other time. I don't feel any different. I don't know why I'm still here. I will enjoy myself while I'm still here," she said.
"I remember all those people coming to see me. I enjoyed it and appreciated it. That was wonderful," said Mayberry.
She was born in Kenniston, Sasketchewan in 1906. Her parents were from Slovakia.
The family moved to Chinook, Montana when Mayberry turned three. Chinook was a small farm town as she recalled.
"I know it was cold most of the time. In Northern Montana, it was so cold, it was miserable. The winters were so long," said Mayberry.
Her father was a carpenter and he built houses while his Mayberry's mother was a housewife, raising five girls and one boy. Mayberry was the second youngest of the girls.
Her mother was from a wealthy family. When she married a commoner, the family disowned her. "She did not care," said Mayberry.
The family ended up on a farm in Bothell. Mayberry had a good time riding horses on the farm.
"I used to ride horseback all the time. I can hold on even when they buckle a little," said Mayberry.
The family ended up moving to Seattle some years later. Mayberry went to school at the University of Washington (UW) for one year.
"My sisters did not have an education. I wanted an education so I did not have to do housework or work in a restaurant. I had to get educated and do it on my own power," said Mayberry.
After leaving school, Mayberry became an office worker. "Oh dear, I can't remember now. It's been so long. I worked for a well known company," she said.
"I took dictation and you have to take the bosses' place when they are not around or are too busy," said Mayberry.
During her own time, Mayberry enjoyed ballroom dancing. "I was light on my feet. I loved dancing and music. The rhythm of the dance," she said.
Mayberry can't recall when or where she got married or her husband's name. The couple did however name one of the sons, either John or Michael after their father.
She says her husband was good to her and was handsome. "I can't remember his name, that's terrible," Mayberry said.
Her mind is still sharp enough to read books. "I like to read novels. I used to read instruction books. Now that' I'm retired, I've decided I've had enough knowledge," said Mayberry.
Mayberry's favorite flower is the daffodil and her room at the Ballard Manor is filled with bright yellow colors. "It means spring is here," she said.