And many more: Winchester resident turns 100

Published 8:00 am Saturday, April 15, 2023

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Louise Hall was met with a banner, family, friends and Mayor JoEllen Reed when she stepped off the elevator at Beverly White Towers Wednesday morning.

It was Hall’s birthday and a special one at that.

The long-time Clark County resident turned 100 years old and received gifts of a crown and sash, a cake and a special proclamation read by the mayor.

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Hall was born on Jackstown Pike in Bourbon County in 1923. Her family moved to Clark County twelve years later and she has been proud to call it home ever since.

“Every bit of it,” Hall said when asked what her favorite part about living in the area is. “It is where I got married and had all my kids and grandkids.”

Hall and her husband, Robert, had five children, followed by seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

When not raising her family, Hall worked at a clothing store in Winchester and then at Winn Dixie for 12 years.

She moved to White Towers in 1989 and still lives independently with many plants to keep her company.

“I like to get outside and enjoy the weather,” Hall said about what she likes to do in her spare time. “I also like to eat and keep up with my apartment.”

Kathy Botner, Hall’s daughter, was in attendance and was in awe of her mother’s long life.

“It is very cool to see her get to 100 years. I can’t imagine all she has seen and done in that time,” Botner said.

Hall has been blessed with an excellent memory along with a long life.

“She can tell you what temperature it was 65 years ago on this day when she did something,” Botner said.

Longevity is uncommon in the Hall bloodline, though Botner recalls one of her grandmothers making it to her early 90s, so the secret to Louise’s ten decades on Earth is a bit of a mystery, though Botner has a good guess at why.

“She is a survivor,” Botner said. “She has been through lots of loss. She lost her husband at 48 years old, and the next year she lost a son … She always says, ‘Let’s get through it.’”

Hall has a different theory on why she has lived to hit the century work.

“I eat what I want to eat, and I do what I want to when I want to!” she said.