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September 21, 2010 > Special Life Events: At 100 years old, Frances Boyle has no complaints

Special Life Events: At 100 years old, Frances Boyle has no complaints

It is said that the appearance of a comet portends great things. The appearance of two notable comets in 1910 - Daylight Comet and Halley's Comet - was indeed a favorable omen; it was the year that Frances Boyle was born. She spent her childhood on a farm in southeastern Indiana farm between North Manchester and South Whitley. When asked what was grown on the farm, she replied, "everything."

One of eight siblings, her three brothers and five sisters helped with the chores on the farm and, when old enough, walked to grade school over a mile away. She remembers that the only time they needed help with the journey from school was when it rained. She says, "Dad would always come after us with the horse and buggy but there was only one seat for the driver." The kids would hang on as best they could for the ride back home. "That was the roughest part of my life," recalls Frances with a chuckle. She adds, "I have come a long ways since then."

After attending high school in South Whitley, Frances began working at age 17 in town. Following marriage, the newlyweds moved to Wenatchee, Washington and eventually Southern California where Frances worked for Los Angeles County as a legal secretary until retirement at age 65. "I worked for attorneys as a secretary all my life and loved it," she says with pride. Without regret, Frances says that she has always been drawn toward architecture, but was not able to pursue this field as a vocation. "I am fascinated by how buildings are constructed."

Looking fit and able to move about on her own, Frances is spry and active woman who belies her age. She continues to knit, crochet and read and during her 100-year birthday party held at Besaro Mobile Home Community in Fremont, reflected on her years as happy and productive. Frances looks forward to many more years with her family, especially her great-great grandchildren. "I have had a very good life without any serious illness; I have no complaints."

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