Maxine Mundt, 91 years young


1. What is your earliest memory?
I grew up on a corn farm outside of Dawson City, Nebraska in a small two room house that my uncle built. I can remember playing on the farm as a young girl and walking about a mile and half to and from school at five years old.

2. What was your first job?
At 16 I was a waitress at a restaurant that was right off the highway. The best tip I ever got was a whole .50 cents. I saved up and bought some red sandals with my money.

3. What was the weirdest fad you remember?
I really, really disliked how boys had long hair in the 60’s and 70’s. I do not understand how on earth that was a popular thing to do. I’m glad that’s over.

4. What life advice would you pass along?
Having a strong faith is important. Life throws you a lot of curve balls.

5. What moments in your life are you most proud of?
I am really proud of all of my children’s accomplishments. They amaze me. I have 16 grandchildren that are also very accomplished. They know so much, a variety things and are curious about things I never thought to be curious about.

6. What invention from your lifetime are you most amazed by?
Definitely technology, all of things that phones can do and they have an “app” for everything. I do think that there is too much of it though. People are too engaged with their technology and not enough with other people.

7. What do you remember most about your grandparents? What were they like?
My great-grandmother passed away sometime in the 1950’s but I remember her in the backyard picking berries and making mulberry jam. Mmmmm, I loved it. She would also made dark corn syrup peanut butter and put it on homemade pancakes. It was simply the best.

8. What is your magic potion for staying healthy? What would you attribute your longevity to?
Not over indulging is key, take everything in moderation. I enjoy white wine, like a chardonnay, but never more than two glasses.

9. If you could back in time to be any age again, what would it be and why?
I’d definitely go back to my 30’s. Life was so good. I was so content. My marriage was wonderful, I had happy kids, good friends, loved my work. I was fulfilled and serving a purpose. Thinking about those days, those are great memories.

10. Who influenced you the most?
During my 9-11 grade years I had a teacher by the name of Barbara Lance and she taught me so very much. She taught me to sew and I grew a life long passion for it. She taught me to cook, but cooking is not my favorite, even dating etiquette, English and grammar. She was a truly wonderful woman.

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