Duluth woman turns 107 years old

By KBJR News 1

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 11:29 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Duluth woman celebrated her 107th birthday Monday.

Eleanor Gran has been a resident of St. Ann's Senior Home in Duluth for the past twelve years.

"She is really a kind, kind soul. She really cares a lot about other people," said Traci Jaszczak, administrator at St. Ann's.

On January 20th in 1907 the vibrant, kind-hearted soul was born, making her an astonishing 107 years young.

"It takes a lot of courage to be old, and I'm extremely proud of her. She's been a wonderful mother," said Bobbie Bushey, the youngest of Eleanor's two daughters.

Bobbie Bushey is 77 years old herself, and says she couldn't be more proud of the woman she calls "mom."

Bobbie celebrated her mother's birthday with many elders and staffers from St. Ann's.

"It's kind of bitter sweet," said Bushey.

And just as bitter sweet is Eleanor's current status as the longest living alumni of the St. Luke's hospital nursing program in Duluth.

"She was one of their original nursing staff that they graduated, so she graduated in 1931," said Jaszczak.

Those close to Eleanor say she's always been a vibrant, loving person.

"I can see her as a bubbly person even at her stage of life here, at 107, as bubbly as you can be she is that person," said Jaszczak.

"I don't always put 107 on her. I just take her every day, and enjoy it with my kids. Every day is a blessing, yes it is."

With the hopes of more to come.

This birthday makes Eleanor the most seasoned resident of St. Ann's.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com

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