The Wichita Downtown Senior Center held more than 2,100 years of wisdom and experience Friday morning. 21 centenarians showed up for a meet and greet with Governor Sam Brownback. Seniors posed for photos with the Governor and shared their life stories.
“They have a lot of wisdom to share with us,” said Governor Brownback.
The men and women at Friday’s gathering have survived seven wars, lived through the great depression and elected 17 men into the office of the president of the United States. They witnessed the first man walk on the moon and watched the iron curtain fall.
But on Friday morning 102-year-old Spencer Tracy from Wichita says he’s just thankful to be alive.
“You have to be active both mentally and physically every day,” said Yancey , “and the biggest secret is giving thanks to the Lord for every day.”
Family and friends were invited to join the seniors and the Governor for lemonade and cookies. 100 year-old Mildred Warner’s three children joined her.
“I lived in Arizona for 30 years, but I came back to be with my kids,” said Warner, “Home is where you have family.”
The morning was full of smiles and laughter, especially for anyone who met Vera Heidebrecht.
When asked for a photo the 100-year-old Marion native said, “Sure, if you don’t mind busting your camera.”
Secretary of aging, Shawn Sullivan, said there will be a similar event next month in Kansas City.
“There are nearly 800 centenarians in the state of Kansas,” Sullivan said, “so the fact 21 showed up this morning in Wichita is amazing.”