Two Oklahoma Women Honored As Centenarians

Monday, May 12th 2014, 8:19 pm
By: Karl Torp

It's not every day you meet a Centenarian, a person who has lived to be 100 years old. On Monday, News 9 had a chance to meet two and both are proving to live very full lives.

Georgia Anderson turned 100 years old Monday.

The Village on the Park, the assisted living center where she is a resident, had a big party for the occasion. Anderson is their first centenarian.

"I came to Oklahoma City in 1941 when there were a lot of servicemen downtown, and I learned to dance," Anderson talked about her first days living in Oklahoma City.

She told us her first job was as a teacher, where she made $75 a month.

"We all love Georgia," resident Barbara Moslinder said.

Moslinder said the secret to her longevity is hydration.

"The nurse comes in every morning and says 'did you drink your water?' I say ‘yes,'" Anderson, who hasn't had any major medical issues, said.

In the Village, we met up with Rachelle Pelley who turned 101 years old this year.

She taught in Oklahoma public schools for more than 40 years.

On Monday, the Oklahoma County Retired Educators Association gave Pelley its "Pioneer Teacher Award" for her dedication and service.

These days, Pelley is still an educator and is the first to read the short stories her husband writes as a hobby.

"I give her the first copy," Bill Pelley said.

"I correct it, big deal," Rachelle joked.

Pelley's father lived to be 100, and her brother was 99 when he passed away.

Her nephew is CBS News Anchor Scott Pelley.

Scott recorded a congratulatory message for his aunt Monday.

"You have changed the lives of thousands of students, and they are forever grateful," Pelley said from CBS News headquarters in New York.