Crestview woman celebrating 100th birthday advises being kind, living an authentic life

vera harold owen

Vera Harold Owen — sitting in front of her 78-year-old son, Jimmy, and his wife, Nell — says “hard work might hurt you, but it sure won’t kill you," when asked for life lessons.

ROBIN ANDREWS / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 04:48 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Vera Harold Owen, who turns 100 years old on Saturday, recalls a childhood of chasing boll weevils and picking cotton on a Southern Georgia family farm.

Before she reaches the milestone, she shared her life story — and some life lessons — while celebrating with friends at the Crestview Rehabilitation Center.

Growing up

Being the second of six children, with two younger sisters and three brothers, she said she was left to take care of the house and family while her mother often traveled as a midwife and her father worked in the field.

Owen and her late husband, Sam, grew up in the same neighborhood and married at 18 and 25, respectively, before buying a farm in the deep woods of Ashburn, Ga., and having two children.

Her upbringing and farm life prepared her for plenty of work to come.

Work ethic

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