Gilpin lady says 100 ‘doesn’t really feel any totally different,’ celebrates with household

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Alice Newton turned 100 having an important hair day.

She nonetheless makes her weekly hair appointments in Leechburg and was coiffed and able to usher in triple digits on Friday.

Stress-free by the fireplace in her rural Gilpin residence, Alice chimed in on her new centenarian standing.

“I”ll inform ya, it doesn’t really feel any totally different,” she mentioned. “To have a good time, be with household … that’s the primary.”

Newton lives along with her daughter-in-law, Patty Newton, on 100-plus acres that when served as a household weekend vacation spot. She deliberate on having fun with a glass of wine, pizza and cake for her birthday supper.

A second, bigger birthday gathering on the Marconi Membership in Leechburg was deliberate for Saturday.

Newton has osteoporosis and makes use of a wheelchair, however that doesn’t deter her from touring with household.

“We go yearly to our lake home in higher New York on Lake Ontario,” mentioned granddaughter Christina Gross of Gilpin. “I’ve each of my grandmas in my life and that’s thrilling. She’s a go-getter.”

Newton recovered from ovarian most cancers — twice — and is in remission once more.

A stroke a couple of years in the past sidelined her for some time.

“She retains going,” Gross mentioned. “She says, ‘Attempt your finest and work onerous.’”

Gross mentioned seeing her grandmother endure tragedy was tough.

“She buried her husband and son inside six months of one another. She was upset, however had her household round her.”

Alice (Hopkins) Newton grew up on Kimball Avenue in Arnold. Apart from a two-year stint in San Diego throughout her marriage, the Alle-Kiski Valley has been a continuing throughout her life.

Describing her childhood as “comfortable,” she spent numerous weekends at her household’s farmhouse in Gilpin.

She enrolled in nursing college after graduating from the previous Arnold Excessive College in 1939.

A member of the College of Pittsburgh’s first nursing class, she met her future husband, Dr. Rex Newton, then a medical scholar, when a fellow nursing classmate performed matchmaker.

Newton labored for nearly 5 years as a nurse, particularly caring for coal miners, earlier than marrying Rex in 1947 at Crossroads Group Presbyterian Church in Leechburg.

She left nursing for homemaking and raised the couple’s two kids.

She has 4 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Granddaughter Christina mentioned her signature home made spaghetti and home made sauce is a fond reminiscence.

Newton was an avid bowler, lively in a bridge membership and beloved studying till her eyesight deteriorated.

“I’m excited as a result of she remains to be wholesome, nonetheless has her thoughts and may do little issues,” Patty Newton mentioned.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Evaluation workers author. You may contact Joyce at 724-226-7725 , jhanz@triblive.com or by way of Twitter .

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