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Celebrating Our Centenarians Ruth Erickson

Ruth Erickson

Three Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care

Cary, Illinois

Birthday: August 29, 1918

Q: What are some of the most important lessons you feel you have learned over the course of your life?

Go to church on Sunday, see that children go to school. If you say you’re going to do something or be somewhere, do it! Be true to your word. Spend money wisely.

Q: As you look back over your life, do you see any key events or experiences that changed the course of your life?

When my husband, Bob, lost his job because the company went under, I went back to work doing billing for Swedish Covenant Hospital and learned to love it. I worked there for 13 years and went back to volunteer after retiring. 

Q: What’s the secret to a happy marriage?

Do what’s necessary. We went to church together, church involvement is most important.

Q: What would you say you know now about living a happy and successful life that you didn’t know when you were younger?

You have to give up some things and say you were wrong sometimes. It’s not always just about what you want.

Q: What would you say are the major values or principles that you live by?
God is watching you. Things don’t just affect you, you have to think about how your actions affect others.

Q: What big world events do you remember from the time you were growing up?

World War II. We couldn’t get a whole lot of groceries due to rationing and had to do without a lot of things.

Q: What inventions do you most remember? Why?

I first got a camera around the age of 10, and I loved taking pictures. When the television came around, the kids were old enough to monopolize it. I didn’t learn to drive until the age of forty, and didn’t quit until I was 95.

Q: What’s the best compliment you ever received?

Right now all the doctors say, “How do you do it? You look so young for your age!”

Q: What’s the best thing about growing older?

Seeing what your children are capable of, they do wonderful things for you.

Q: What have you liked best about your life so far?

I like the people I have known, gone to school with, worked with. My husband was the most wonderful thing that happened to me, and church makes a big difference in my life. I’ve had a good life. Right now, I’m very proud of my children.