Anna Moore, a resident at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning, celebrated her 105th birthday on Nov. 3. She was born in East Mauch Chunk.

Her age impresses a lot of people. She still likes to do crossword puzzles, but attests that her fingers are tortured by arthritis and has a hard time holding her pencil.

For her meals she uses a special utensil attached to her silverware.

She has read 150 books authored by the same English writer, which she has displayed on her book shelf and when she reads for the second time she turns them around with the back of the book facing the back of the book shelf.

Moore was first married in 1927 and her husband died in the 1950s.

In 1969 she married Russell Moore who only lived for one year. Anna stayed in their Jenkintown home then sold it and moved back to Mauch Chunk where she also owned a home.

She also taught school in East Penn Township and in East Mauch Chunk where she worked in the Junior High School. She retired in 1966, and following her retirement did some extensive traveling, having visited every state; as well as 85 countries. One of Anna's trips also included a 70-day world tour, and went to China and Russia. She loved visiting the Great Wall of China.

Anna said she decided to move into MapleShade and loves it there. She has made at least 600 baby caps for newborns and 100 prayer shawls for her church to distribute.

She belongs to Grace-St. Paul United Methodist Church in Jim Thorpe.

Most every night she can be found playing pinochle and attributes getting around a lot easier on her new electric chair.