Background: She grew up in St. Mathias Township on a farm, left for a short time to live in Michigan and then moved back to Brainerd. And she's been here ever since.
Family: Her late husband, Ernest; three grandchildren, who live in Washington; and an unknown number of great-grandchildren. Her only son was killed in a railroad accident when he was 57.
Did you ever think you'd live to the ripe age of 100?:
"I never thought I'd live this long. I had seven siblings and four of them died before age 80. My dad died at age 77 and my mom was in her 80s. I am the remaining sibling in my family."
How did you manage during the Great Depression?:
Lucille Potvin of Brainerd celebrated her 100th birthday July 15 at Woodland Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd.
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"It was tough, but we saved money so we got along. My husband worked road construction and I stayed home."
Secret to a long life:
"I never drank or smoked. I like to bake and cook so I always had good food to eat. People liked my baked chicken."
What do you do to keep active?:
"I walk a lot. I walk three blocks to church a few times a week. I've always walked. I never drove a car in my life so I had to walk."
Favorite TV show:
"I watch 'Wheel of Fortune' every night."
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