The oldest person in the room is the norm for many people who celebrate their 100th birthday, but for one Kansas centenarian, she was the youngest of three sisters.
Frances Kompus had the good fortune to have her milestone birthday with her sisters, who were 102 and 104 at the time.
Frances is the younger sister of 104-year-old Julia Korpiva and 102-year-old Lucy Pochop, according to KSN TV.
They are all grandmothers and widows; Frances is only a few blocks away, while Lucy and Julia continue to live separately in apartments next to one another.
The sisters grew up on a farm where they experienced the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. They recount how their father, who managed the farm without modern machines and lived to be 98 years old, required them to transport gasoline to him in the field in 5-gallon buckets.
The sisters claimed that eating well was one of the keys to living a long and healthy life.
“We consistently served handmade bread, simple potatoes, gravy, and meat. That was challenging to bake using those cook stoves—a difficult temperature to maintain. We still ate it even if it didn’t turn out well,” Julia chuckled.
She continued, “I am grateful for my parents, my faith, and the fact that we girls are always together.
The sisters concurred that exercise and faith were both crucial when asked what advice they would provide to younger generations.
Frances advised Julia to “walk a lot,” and Julia said, “I think faith comes first. Also, thank your parents and grandparents.”
These sisters undoubtedly have a wealth of fascinating tales to share. They are incredibly fortunate to still be together at such a young age.