Local woman celebrates the big 1-0-0

First Posted: 9/2/2014

In 1914, many notables were born such as baseball’s Joe DiMaggio, boxer Joe Louis, actor Sir Alec Guinness and local woman and former beautician Ruth Crounse. All are long gone, but Ruth is still going strong.

On Sunday, Aug. 31, approximately 35 members of her family gathered at her son John’s home in South Abington Township to mark the special milestone.

Born on Aug. 27, 1914, Ruth Thompson was born in Newton, Pa. She was educated as a beautician before giving that up when she married the love of her life, Rexford K. Crounse. Rexford was a United Methodist minister where he and Ruth served in New Milford, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and Honesdale.

Widowed over 30 years, she has been living the last several years at The Willowbrook Senior Assisted Living Community in Clarks Summit. The Willowbrook honored Ruth for her 100th by hosting a party with residents on her behalf.

When asked about her party at The Willowbrook, the answer was simple. “Every day is a party,” she said.

“We are very proud of mom and all that she’s done for the family,” John said. “She used to have a cottage at Heart Lake in Montrose and she would go every summer always to clean the woods, always working, and she was a farmer’s girl and is still very active and exercises regularly at The Willowbrook.”

Ruth is blessed with three children, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; all were present to celebrate her 100th birthday.

What is Ruth’s key to living a long life? “Being happy and being grateful for family,” she said.

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