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Kindness to others, activity are secrets to longevity

Sandy centenarian credits good food, manners for milestone birthday

Lorna Elberson has a bit of advice for the young.

And by young, she means almost everyone else.

Elberson was born June 21, 1916, in Miles City, Mont. Now a resident of the Avamere at Sandy, Elberson celebrated her 100th birthday at the senior living community on Tuesday. POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Lorna Elberson was born in Montana on June 21, 1916. On Tuesday, she celebrated her 100th birthday at the Avamere at Sandy, where she is a resident.

Her advice is simple: “Be nice to people,” she said. “It makes you happy. You stay happy that way. You don’t have to be mean to everybody.”

As a child, Elberson and her family moved to Deer Lodge, Mont. She later attended business school and became a secretary for Safeway Grocers. On May 23, 1941, she wed her husband, Bud. The couple were married for 75 years and raised three children together — Lynette, Leslie and Bill. She has 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Lorna Elberson credits her longevity to good groceries and being pleasant to others, saying be nice to people.

Elberson is a longtime horse lover, and enjoyed horseback riding until her 70s.

Elberson, who said it’s difficult to believe she’s a centenarian, credits her longevity in part to healthy eating habits. Being pleasant hasn’t hurt, either.

“I think your grocery food intake is important, what you eat to keep alive,” she said. “And I think another thing that’s important is getting aong with people.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Lorna Elberson married her husband Bud on May 23, 1941. They were married for 75 years and raised three children.