Salem marks resident?s 101st birthday

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For one local centenarian, the secret to a long life is taking care of the body and eating healthy.

Goldie Dodson, the oldest resident at Salem Home, celebrated her 101st birthday Wed?nesday with a party in her honor.

?I have never really had a birthday party,? a surprised Dodson told Josh Friesen, Salem Home?s assistant to the life enhancement director.

Friesen said Dodson told him she preferred organizing birthday parties for her family than have one herself.

She was also served her favorite birthday dessert: white cake with white frosting.

When Dodson noticed two candles sitting atop the cake, Friesen said she asked him what they represented.

?The first candle symbolizes 100 years,? he said, ?and the second candle is just one year.?

Dodson said she was born in Dennis, one of 10 children.

?I have six brothers and three sisters,? she told Friesen.

Four of her siblings are still living.

Prior to retirement, Dodson said she and her husband, Durward, repaired watches in Liberal. He predeceased her in 1989. She also was the city clerk and city treasurer in Liberal, where she continued to live until recently.

Kelli Schafer, director of nursing, said Dodson arrived at Salem Home less than a month ago to be closer to her family.

A few other secrets to her longevity include volunteering and being kind to family, friends and others.

Dodson said all her life she loved going to church and did whatever needed to be done.

?Some of my favorite memories were always around the holidays with family,? she said.

Dodson said she has one son and four grandchildren, but one grandchild is deceased.

Even though she said she does eat healthy for the most part, Dodson said she loves sweets.

?I also like anything with gravy,? she said.

Her favorite hobbies include cooking and listening to country and Southern gospel music.

After only one month at Salem, Dodson said she likes living in Hillsboro and enjoys the people she has met.

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