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Governor Brownback Honors Kansas Centenarians

OLATHE – On behalf of Governor Sam Brownback, Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Shawn Sullivan recognized seven Kansas Centenarians Wednesday, during a reception in Olathe. Centenarians are people who have reached the age of 100 years or older. The event was held at the Johnson County Human Services building.

“I love visiting with our Kansas centenarians,” Lt. Gov. Colyer said. “They have so much to share about our state and nation’s history; they are a true treasure.”

Each centenarian will receive a certificate from the Governor Brownback. The centenarians had the opportunity to talk about some of their favorite memories.

Among the group of centenarians at Wednesday’s event, two women who were born within one day of each other. They are both residents of Eudora.

“My favorite part of talking with our centenarians is learning their secrets to a long life,” Secretary Sullivan said. “Many of them are still very active and have much to teach us.”

There are more than 70,000 centenarians in the United States, more than at any time in our history. Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population.

Centenarians who attended include the following:

Elsie Toone 104, Ottawa                               
Melda Cutting, 101, Ottawa
John Gross, 101, Pittsburg                                                     Edith Carr, 101, Pittsburg
Nellie Martin, 104, Osage City                                               Geneva McTaggert, 100, Eudora
Mae Smith, 100, Eudora