Jayne Myers celebrates a century of living
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Jayne Myers of Tamaqua is celebrating a century of living.
When Jayne Myers was born on Jan. 8, 1914, Woodrow Wilson was president, Babe Ruth had played his first game for the Red Sox, and Charlie Chaplin had starred in his first film, "Making a Living."
A century later, Meyers' eyes are a steady and impish blue. She's wearing blue jeans and boots, and a stylish green jacket.
Tamaqua Adult Day Care Center facility director Darlene Smith and program assistant Ginny Woodward ready her for a picture with her birthday cake, but she laughs as they smooth her hair.
"Don't bother," she chuckles, "You can't make a peach out of a potato."
Despite the years, she walks with little assistance, using just a cane to walk the length of the day care center's main room.
Born in the Bull Run section of Coaldale, Jayne graduated from the former Coaldale High School in 1934.
Reminiscing about days gone by, she tells of meeting her late husband, Ken Myers, on a blind date. He was employed by the former Atlas Powder Company in Reynolds.
Settling into their home in Tamaqua, the couple became very active in the South Ward Fire Company, Ken as treasurer and Jayne as a founding member and president of the South Ward Ladies Auxiliary. (Ironically, the fire company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.)
Summers were spent camping at Locust Lake and Tuscarora State Parks, a pastime she continued to enjoy well into her 90s.
As the mother of four sons Ken, Charles, Jack and Gary, she muses, "I always wanted a daughter, but I had to wait until I had daughters-in-law for that."
Sadly, her oldest son, Ken, passed away, but her other three sons still all live close by, blessing her with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
"I love children and grandchildren," she explains, noting she also spent a lot of time baby-sitting neighborhood children throughout the years.
She explained the secret to her long life.
"I've had a good life. My parents taught me that the best way to live was to mind your own business. That's what you have to do, mind your own business. I won't say I didn't have bad habits; I liked to have a glass of beer sometimes."
She also offered some good parenting advice.
"When my sons had children, I made up my mind that I'd never tell them how to raise them. I had good parents and that's what they always told me, to mind my own business. If you do that, it helps you keep things simple in your life."