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October 9, 2013

Centenarian takes one day at a time

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PLATTSBURGH —

“They were in uniform, and that impresses young girls,” Grace said.

’LIVE IN THE MOMENT’

After studying at the University of Michigan, she taught math near Detroit before joining the Navy during World War II. While stationed in Washington, D.C., she met and married Jonathan, who was a Plattsburgh native.

The Allens moved to Plattsburgh to raise their sons, where Grace taught at Plattsburgh High School and was an avid member of the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church. 

She still enjoys reading, keeping up on the news and learning something new every day.

“That’s part of being alive,” Grace said.

Her advice is to live one day at a time, and as a reminder to herself, a poem about living in the moment hangs on the wall in her living room.

Five women come to Grace’s house to help care for her, though she can still get up and go on her own.

“They make such a difference in my life,” she said.

Her dog, Sadie, also plays an important role in the household.

“Without Sadie, I probably wouldn’t be here,” Grace said.

“That’s the way it is,” she explained with one of her catch phrases.

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