Atria Park Resident Turning 100
Atria Willow Park, 3500 S. Vine Ave., will honor resident Esther Crider at 2 p.m. today as she turns 100, said Rodd Wayne Moffett, the center's director.
Between 65 and 100 of Esther's family members are expected to be celebrating this milestone birthday along with the residents and staff at Atria Willow Park.
Mrs. Crider has been married three times and has three children, two step-children, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and at least four great-great grandchildren.
The Waterloo, Iowa, native was on TV and radio in a show called "No Soap Opera." Local radio and TV stations would air the traveling show where she performed as the "straight man" along with another lady who portrayed the comedic relief character of Ms. Worry Wash in a show that was designed to sell washing machines.
"The shows were performed wherever two people would watch," she said in an announcement sent to the newspaper.
Mrs. Crider sings, plays the ukulele and spends her time relaxing at Atria Willow Park.
When asked about her secret to longevity, she chalked it up to "good common sense" and "being careful about what I eat and avoiding sweets."