Ruth Cline, 95 years young


1. What is your earliest memory?
Sitting in my grandfather’s office in a big wooden chair. He was a minister in northeast Nebraska at an Evangelical church, working on a sermon and I could only stay in there if I was quiet. I could not have been older than three or four years old.

2. What was your first job?
I worked on my dad’s farm in 1944 for two summers. The hired hand was drafted into the war, so I was hired on to help. I took the deal because my father told me he would help pay for college if I worked on the farm.

3. What was the weirdest fad you remember?
In Jr. High, all the girls decided to wear their dresses backwards for a couple weeks.

4. What life advice would you like to pass along?
If you have a family, stay close to them as much as possible. Family is the cement of our society. Strong families are strong and built on love.

5. What moments in your life are you most proud of?
Presenting my three wonderful sons into the world! I love them!

6. How would you say your dreams and goals have changed throughout your life?
I would say that I still have the same sense of values and attitude towards people. But, I think that I am more informed now.

7. What invention from your lifetime are you most amazed by?
The computer, but that doesn’t mean I like it! I do not have a cell phone now and I have never had one and I am not interested in getting one. People are too attached to them.

8. What do you remember most about your grandparents? What were they like?
Both sets of grandparents were from Germany and did not speak English, so communication was hard. But, they were very loving without talking. I remember going to my grandmothers for dinner every other Sunday and listening to records on the Victrola while the adults talked. I loved listening to “Skater’s Waltz” by Strauss.

9. What is your magic potion for staying healthy? What would you attribute your longevity to?
Good genes and eating very healthy. I eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. I always cook my meals at home unless we are going out for a special occasion.

10. If you could go back in time to be any age again, what would it be and why?
I think to be 50 years old again, it was a good time in my life. My sons were grown and out of the house, living their own lives. My husband and I traveled a lot all around Colorado. We even took 3-4 day backpacking and camping trips, and I loved being able to look at the wildflowers. They were nice breaks to get away from the house and my husband and I could just hang out. It was exciting to be able to just pick up and go places.

11. Who influenced you the most?
My mother; she was so wise. I truly had a saint for a mother.

12. What are the most rewarding things about getting older?
Well, aging is not fun. But it is nice to have friends and relatives recognize you’re getting older and still be good friends.

13. Anything else you’d like to share?
I met my husband when I was 15 years old and knew he would be the man I married. We went our separate ways when I was in college, and he joined the Navy. We reconnected at 25 and were married 2 years later. He was a good, handsome, witty, man with a heart of gold. We loved to travel and especially enjoyed Italy, Thailand, and Ireland.

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