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100 YEARS YOUNG: Three Washington women reflect on reaching three digits

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100 years young

This year, three women in Washington are reflecting on a major milestone.

They're 100 years old.

Or, should we say 100 years young?

Letha Statler, Irene Baughman and Betty Jensen Osincup have one thing in common.

They were all born in 1919.

100 years ago, Woodrow Wilson was the president and the US just invented the pop-up toaster.

From left to right: Betty Jensen Osincup, Irene Baughman and Letha Statler.


The three women live at Halcyon House in Washington, a retirement community that's been around for more than 55 years.

This year, the ladies celebrated their 100th birthdays surrounded by friends and family.

"The one lady who baked my cake said she had a hard time, but she got the whole 100 candles on my cake," Baughman said as her friends started laughing.

Baughman poses with her special birthday cake.

Not only do Statler, Baughman and Osincup live independently, but they're also mobile and show no signs of memory loss.

"We're not running any races," Osincup said.

But, what's their secret?

"Well, I think it's the grace of God and having good genes and eating healthy," Osincup said.

Statler echoed her friend's answer.

"I think it's a lot of determination," she explained with a smile. "Keep pushing."

Baughman agreed.

"We just kept going," she said. "We didn't think we was getting old."


Halycon House said they've never had three centenarians. However, they have two 99-year-olds closely trailing the women.

Many would say turning 100 years old is a major milestone, and Osincup hasn't lost her sense of humor about reaching it.

"It's just one with two goose eggs beside it," she said in a sassy tone.

Osincup's 100th birthday celebration.

In fact, Statler is already looking forward to the future.

"I thought I'd never see 2020," she said. "But maybe I will."

Statler on her 100th birthday party: "In the home here, we had a big party, and oh, it was wonderful. I'll never forget it."

Baughman is proudly proving the doubters wrong.

"[The doctors] told my folks when I was four years old that I had arthritis bad. But here I am," she said tossing her hands in the air. "Going strong."


The sharp, sassy and humorous trio are shining examples that age is just a number, and they hope younger generations take note.

"If they reach the age of 100, they might still have a few marbles left in their head and their teeth and hearing and be able to think and relate with people still," Osincup said.

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Olivia Schmitt

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