Celebrating 10 centenarians

A collective birthday celebration was held at Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community in New Oxford Monday.

Ten residents are at least 100 years old, making them centenarians.

“This is the first time we have had that many at one time,” said Frank Buhrman, press relations director, Cross Keys Village.

The group is made up of all women, most are from York and Adams Counties.

Pauline Snyder is the oldest of the group. She grew up on a farm in Glen Rock and says hard work and good food is what helped her reach this milestone. Snyder has one daughter.

“She has always been a great mom. I feel very blessed,” said Mary Ann Miller, Pauline’s daughter.

The women have lived through the Great Depression and World War II. Some served our country.

“I was clerk in the Women’s Army Corps,” said Cecelia Sheldt, 100 years old.

Some of them shared their secrets to a good life.

“I took good care of my family, went to church when I was able, took care of my neighbors, and I minded my own business when I supposed to,” said Esther Harman, 100 years old.

“Just smile a lot and try to be happy,” said Mary Shaberly, 100 years old.

Five more residents will turn 100 on their next birthdays.


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