Family affair: A Tahoe centenarian celebrates 100th birthday
June 4, 2010
GLENSHIRE, Calif. – Beloved Mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother Audrey Edith Crump celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday, May 30, at Glenshire/Devonshire clubhouse, where three of her grandchildren own homes.
Her daughter, Lynette Bechdolt, is the mother of five of Audrey’s grandchildren: Three in Truckee, one in Reno and one in Montana. Bechdolt lives with multiple sclerosis and traveled from the Long Term Care unit of Tahoe Forest Hospital to the celebration. She and her husband, Park Bechdolt, have been married for 44 years. Park was born in Tahoe City and has lived in the Tahoe area for 65 years.
Jack Crump is Audrey’s second child, who lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with Audrey and his wife Joyce. The threesome were in fine spirits at the gala affair.
“Jack asked me to dance during a vacation in the Caribbean in 1959,” said Joyce. He was quite the eye-catcher in his Coast Guard uniform. “I felt lucky to have married into such terrific people. When I met Jack, I knew he was a nice man when he spoke of his love for his family. And this family has great love for each other.”
Park concurred: “The secret to a long life is a happy attitude and love for family.”
Children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families gathered around “Nana” throughout the party.
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When Audrey had a moment to spare from adoring well-wishers, she had the following tip to live a long, happy life: “Take things as they come, don’t let them bother you too much. Sit and think it over, don’t decide right then and there. Just do the best you can.”
When asked about regular exercise, she replied “Oh, honey, I’ve done a lot of that.” She has loved ballroom dance from age 17 and walked every morning with her girlfriend. She also believes in moderation: Don’t eat or drink or worry too much.
Here’s to many more, Audrey.