If you live to be 100, you might expect to be the oldest person in the room. However, one Kansas woman who lived to be 100 was the youngest of her three sisters.
Frances Kompus got to celebrate her 100th birthday with her sisters, who were 102 and 104 at the time.
KSN TV says that Frances is the younger sister of 102-year-old Lucy Pochop and 104-year-old Julia Korpiva.
They are all grandmothers and widows. Lucy and Julia still live on their own in apartments next to each other, and Frances lives just a few blocks away.
The sisters grew up on a farm during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Their father, who lived to be 98, ran the farm without modern tractors, and the sisters would have to bring him gasoline in 5-gallon buckets in the field.
The sisters said that eating well was one of the keys to living a long and healthy life.
“There was always homemade bread, plain potatoes, gravy, and meat on the table. That was hard to bake with those stoves. It was hard to keep the temperature steady. We still ate it, even if it didn’t turn out well,” laughed Julia.
“I’m thankful that we girls are always together, for my parents, and for my faith,” she said.
When asked what advice they would give to young people, the sisters all agreed that faith and exercise were both important.
“Take a lot of walks,” Frances said. Then Julia said, “I think faith is most important. Also, thank your parents and grandparents.”