WASHINGTON — A lot has happened in the last 100 years and former Daviess County resident Glada Sims has experienced much of that.
Sims, who will hit the century mark on July 20, grew up in Plainville and worked at the Daviess County Courthouse in her younger days. After she married her husband, Verlin, the couple farmed between Elnora and Odon and raised two daughters, Connie and Janice.
Glada and Verlin attended the Church of Christ in Washington and had been active participants in many bowling leagues.
“They both really enjoyed bowling,” said Connie Manning, one of the Sims’ daughters, who lives in Oklahoma with her husband Herb.
“Mother was very active in the community when she was still living there. Anytime anyone needed anything, mother was always there and was looking for some way to help. Mother has also always enjoyed quilting and she has made numerous quilts. She also enjoys crocheting.”
Glada also loves to receive mail from friends.
In 2001, Glada and Verlin moved to Durant, Okla., and into Sterling House, an assisted living facility, to be near family. The couple still bowled after their move and remained very active. Verlin passed away in 2004 but Glada has continued to make her home at Sterling House and she hasn’t forgotten about her ties to Daviess County.
“She still has many friends in the area and still subscribes to the Times Herald which she is always excited to see in her mailbox,” said Janice Williams, the Sims’ other daughter who lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband Glen.
Glada has five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren in addition to her two daughters.
She credits hard work on the farm for so many years as her secret to a long life.
A century is quite a long time. To put things in perspective, Glada has lived through many crucial events in history.