Birthday Celebration Held to Honor Colorado Centenarians
KREX News Room
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.- Nine Colorado Residents who have reached 100 years of age were honored Friday with a birthday celebration.
The Colorado Commission of Aging invites Colorado centenarians every year to celebrate in conjunction with Older Americans Month.
State Senator Lucia Guzman and members of the Commission gave speeches on the importance of seniors in Colorado.
Marie Naber from Lakewood is the fifth of her thirteen siblings to reach 100 years of age.
"People come up to me and say, "You just amaze me,"" said Naber. "The doctor even said, "You just amaze me, you're so healthy." So I'm happy about that."
Naber grew up in a small Nebraska town where she found a love for gardening.
"I raise my own plants because you don't know if they've been sprayed with chemical or not," said Naber. "I hate chemicals."
To this day, not only does Marie garden, but she also donates all of her plants and vegetables to the needy.
"There's hungry people out there, and I don't like to see that so I help what I can," said Naber. "I'm happy doing it because I'm doing something that is useful."
Marie has three kids and was married for 64 years.
"I've had a good life," said Naber.
Four of the honorees are from Carbondale, two are from Glenwood Springs, and the remaining reside in Grand Junction, Parachute, and Lakewood.