Grand Junction Woman Celebrates Her 100th Birthday
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A Grand Junction woman celebrated a significant lifetime achievement on Wednesday when she turned 100 years old.
Lucy Kesterson grew up in Texas, but moved to Colorado in the 1950s, and has lived in Grand Junction since 1985.
She prides herself on being a hard worker and never have to rely on the government for financial assistance, besides Social Security.
Kesterson's father passed away when she was sixteen, which put her family in a difficult situation financially.
Her mother worked as a seamstress and found it nearly impossible to support all eight children.
It got to the point where the local government threatened to place Kesterson and her siblings in separate foster homes.
Fortunately, Kesterson found work at a pawn shop in Corpus Christi, and managed to make enough to keep the family together.
"She was able to support her family, and she stayed with her mother until all of the children were grown, waiting to get married and start her family," said Kaylen Kesterson, granddaughter of Lucy Kesterson.
Kesterson doesn't have a special secret to her longevity, but did note that she has never smoked or had a drink of alcohol in her entire life.
She has three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.