When I spoke to Catherine "Kat" Hanlon last month, on the occasion of her 104th birthday on March 23, she reminded me that a younger Cherokee resident would soon be celebrating her birthday, too, and Kat told me that this younger woman had told her it would be okay if I wanted to take her picture for the paper.
The younger woman is Faye Trimble, who was also the subject of an article and photo last year on her birthday. Faye turns 104 tomorrow (Friday), making her 25 days Kat's junior.
The two have formed a kind of bond over the last few years because of their longevity. Kat often calls Faye around the time of her birthday each year to chat a little bit, but here's the most remarkable thing about this whole story. Neither woman leaves their home very often these days, and the two Cherokee centenarians have never actually met in person - at least not that Faye Trimble can remember. Yeah, I know - and she'd be the first to point this out - "when you're 104 years old, you don't always remember everything." After speaking with Faye again this week, though, I'm not sure that's all that true, at least in her case.
Both of these 104-year-olds still reside in their homes, and are remarkable women. We have heard reports lately that Kat recently fell at home, and had to be hospitalized. I would not be surprised, though, if she starts calling the Chronicle Times office again one of these days.
If you'd like to send Faye a birthday card, you may send it to her at 701 N. 9th Street in Cherokee. She can also be reached by telephone at 225-2741.
I wish both of these lovely ladies many more years of good health.