CLARKS SUMMIT — Esther H. Keisling, 105, the last surviving of seven siblings, credits staying active and maintaining a positive attitude for her longevity.
A resident at Elan Gardens in Clarks Summit for the past eight years, the centenarian celebrated her birthday a bit early with family and friends on July 23. Keisling also planned to celebrate her birthday on Friday, July 24 by having a family lunch at Elan Gardens.
“I’ve always loved children and activities,” Keisling said. “I’m always happy and like everybody. People need someone to make them smile.”
Another piece of advice Keisling offered to help others live a healthy lifestyle is keeping a regimented meal schedule.
“I always eat on time and make sure I have three meals each day,” she said.
Along with appreciating the cleanliness at Elan Gardens, Keisling enjoys participating in many of the activities offered, including Wii video games, painting, jewelry making and gardening.
“I enjoy beating the men (at Wii bowling),” she said.
Keisling was never married but cherishes the time spent with three generations of nieces and nephews.
Prior to moving into Elan Gardens, Keisling lived in Scranton and Bay Village, Ohio, where she worked as an accountant and secretary for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.
“She is an inspiration to the family and always gives great advice,” said great-niece Linda Umerich, of Clarks Summit.