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Cherokee Seniors Share Bond

Thursday, April 16, 2009

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.

Faye Trimble at 104. Photo by Dan Whitney.
When we spoke last week, Faye asked me, "Didn't I sell an engagement ring to someone close to you?" I thought for a couple of seconds, then remembered. When I interviewed her last year, Faye told me that she had worked on the base at the Great Lakes Naval Station when her late husband, Clyde, was stationed there during WW II, and sold someone from this area an engagement ring. I subsequently discovered that that someone was my father-in-law, and told Faye that last year. Thank God I have a reliable, and remarkable, 104-year-old to keep me on my toes.

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.

Kat Hanlon at 104. Photo submitted
By the way, as a point of reference - Kat Hanlon and Faye Trimble were both born in 1905 - seven years BEFORE the sinking of the Titanic.

I wish both of these lovely ladies many more years of good health.

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