One Woman’s Contribution – Elaine Ooley

 

Happy birthday, Elaine! Weldon Spring woman turns 106

“I don’t want to grow old. So I don’t act like I’m old. I refuse to do that,” Elaine Ooely said

 

 

WELDON SPRING, Mo. — We want to wish a happy birthday to Elaine Ooley from Weldon Spring. She recently turned 106 !!

Elaine Ooley is the definition of resilient. Here’s a short version of her amazing life story. She weighed just one pound when she was born and wasn’t expected to survive.

When she was just 4 years old, she survived the 1918 influenza pandemic in America. She went on to graduate high school during the Great Depression. And after that, she served as an aircraft dispatcher in the women’s Army Corps.

Air Force veteran Elaine Ooley, looks up toward a bomb addressed to Hitler, and asked for a picture of it, inside of the World War II B-17 bomber on display at the Greater Kankakee Airport during the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom tour. Ooley, was an aircraft dispatcher for B-17 planes stationed at the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1944.

She said living long is thanks to good genes and an even better attitude.

“My long life is due to the fact that I’m positive in my attitude,” she said. “I don’t want to give up. I don’t want to grow old. So, I don’t act like I’m old. I refuse to do that. And I keep up with all the news so I can converse and am a people person. So, I believe in keeping busy, not feeling sorry for yourself, not worrying about your condition, cope with it, do what you can, and go.”

She didn’t have children but has tons of friends who all lined up to wish her happy birthday at the Breeze Park Senior Living Community in Weldon Spring. She calls the people at Breeze Park her family.

Ms. Ooley takes shelter in a B-25 to get out of the rain on her 103rd Birthday.

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Military Humor – HOME FRONT “Saturday Evening Post” style

“WHAT THE HECK DID WE DO EVERY NIGHT BEFORE THE WAR?”

 

“Why so polite all of a sudden? Are you hearing Peace rumors?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Ena Andrews – Richamond, CA; Civilian, WWII, Shipyard welder

Robert Griffith – Berwyn, IL; US Army, 11th Airborne Division

Wilma Gregory – MN; US Army WAC, WWII, nurse

James “Hollie” Hollingsworth – Hephzibah, GA; USMC, Vietnam, !st Sgt. (Ret.)

Mary Horne – Fall River, MA; Civilian, Newport Naval Base, WWII

Katherine Johnson (101) – Civilian, NASA, Mathematician rocket trajectory expert

Betty Romesberg – Columbus, OH; US Army WAC; WWII, PTO, nurse

Peggy Simmons – Jonesville, NC; FBI, WWII

Morella Staggs – Gardenea, CA; US Coast Guard SPARS, WWII, radio

Edmund Torry – NYC, NY; USMC, 2nd Marine Division

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 27, 2020, in Current News, First-hand Accounts, Home Front, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 117 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    Ms Elaine Ooley impressed me and I’m sorry it has taken me so long to share her story.

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  2. Don’t make ’em like that anymore.

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  3. I love her spirit! ❤

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  4. Off topic, but someone has just directed my attention to the sorry tale of Australian singer Cathy Wayne. Have you encountered this story before? I don’t recall a single article ever.
    Cathy Wayne, shot onstage entertaining the troops in 1969.

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  5. Always a pleasure to read these stories gp, the passing of experience, memories and wisdom, one of ours recently passed, he was a RAAF Fighter pilot, so much history never to be repeated from that era.

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  6. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing Elaine Ooley’s awesome story- Happy Birthday, Elaine!

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  7. Wow, what a stayer, nice to see the celebration.

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  8. What a wonderful lady,thanks for her story

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  9. Congratulations, Elaine, you’re one very special lady! Bit of a sore throat, though – now you’re getting on a bit, ever thought of giving up the cigarettes?

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  10. Thank you for sharing a bit of Elaine’s incredible story!

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  11. She is awesome. Thank you for sharing her story.

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  12. 👍an awesome reforestation of the spirit of life!💕

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  13. Happy Birthday, Elaine! She is like my grandmother Nan. Attitude is everything!

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  14. She is a real witness of historical events. God bless her!

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  15. “My long life is due to the fact that I’m positive in my attitude…. So, I believe in keeping busy, not feeling sorry for yourself, not worrying about your condition, cope with it, do what you can, and go.”

    A lesson for us all. What a remarkable lady. Many happy returns, Elaine! Thank you for sharing and for all your great posts.

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  16. What a great woman. Attitude certainly does make a difference. I know a couple of 40 year olds who have less life in them than my dining room table — and a few in their nineties who just keep ticking, like the famed Energizer bunny. Given today’s headlines, I thought it was interesting that she survived the 1918 flu. It can happen!

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  17. Such an inspiration!

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  18. Thanks for sharing her story! What an amazing woman….

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  19. “So, I don’t act like I’m old. I refuse to do that.” Sounds like words to live by to me! 🙂 –Curt

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  20. Love this post ❤️

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  21. Good for her —- but I don’t want to live a day over 100 ! Nice mention of her problem at birth . Sometimes those who start out with a challenge like that outpace the rest of us .

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  22. 106? Well, she certainly doesn’t look it! Her philosophy certainly works.
    By the way, I loved the cartoon about peace rumours too. Never been a great fan of butchers, though.

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  23. She’s an inspiration to us all! What a woman!

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  24. Great tribute to a grand old dame at 106! Gee I don’t know if I will live past 60 years at the rate I am going LOL!

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  25. Wow! What a woman! 🙂

    Happy Birthday, Elaine! We are so grateful for you! 🙂

    Love the children’s questions! And her answers! 🙂
    Thank you for letting us know about her, GP! She is a smile-bringer, for sure! 🙂
    HUGS!!!

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  26. “I don’t want to grow old. So I don’t act like I’m old. I refuse to do that,” This is the way to live. Have written this on a sticky note and placed it on my computer.

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  27. 106!!!!! She looks amazing!

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  28. Wow what an amazing woman! Thank you for spotlighting her here, GP.

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  29. I shared your post about Elaine Ooley who turned 106.🌸 Remarkable story! 🌸

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  30. Yes, Happy Birthday Elaine. Thanks, GP.

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  31. WOW! Good for her! What a remarkable lady! ❤

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  32. She is an amazing person. Happy Birthday, Elaine Ooley!

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  33. Wow! A positive attitude certainly contributes to longevity. She looks great for her age!

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  34. Well done to Elaine. She looks great for 106, better than many 70 year-olds. Nice tribute indeed, GP. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  35. What an inspiration. 1 pound at birth! Oh my.

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  36. Happy Birthday MS Ooley. What a great attitude. I’m pretty sure it does make a difference. Thanks for highlighting her special day, GP.

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  37. Great story! Great attitude! Great life!

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  38. These words of wisdom from the 106-year old lady. That’s the attitude we all should aopt wheter we are young or old.

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  39. What an inspiring lady! 👍👍👍
    She refuses to grow old. (Some people say that I refuse to grow up, but that’s a different topic …)

    Excellent cartoons today, GP!

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  40. What a super lady…and what a story!
    I liked the cartoons…the butcher reminded me of a Giles cartoon with the customer asking ‘And how much would that be without your finger on the scales?’

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  41. What a well-lived life!

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  42. A positive attitude will take your far; she’s living proof. Thanks for showcasing such a lovely lady. 🙂

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  43. This lady is an inspiration. Is she a friend? Thanks for sharing her story.

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  44. Young thinking has worked for her. She looks great, too.

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  45. Hurrah for Elaine Ooley! (Yes, she reminds me of Grandma Leora Wilson.)

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  46. Thank you for sharing!

    Like

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