Friday, May 10, 2013
Alma Schmid of Portland, Mo. just passed a major milestone: she turned 100 years old on April 18.
Schmid, to put it mildly, has lived through quite a bit in her time. She saw both World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Great Depression, the invention of the television and the dawn of cell phones.
Her daughter, Nancy Hinnah, attributes her mother’s longevity to her personal traits.
“She has a very positive outlook on life,” Hinnah said. “For the age she is, she’s very vital.”
Schmid still lives at home, unlike many her age, and takes care of her own household, cooks and cleans. To this day, she is very involved in the Portland community--she still takes part in almost every event that involves the Portland Community Building. She is also active in her church community at the Mokane Methodist Church.
After Schmid married her husband of 72 years, Herbert Schmid, she worked in her home, taking care of her two children, Nancy and Charles. She and Herbert were married in 1939 in Steelville, Mo. — a surprise to their families. They didn’t tell anyone they were going to get married, because neither of them liked to make a big to-do about things.
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