Local Woman Celebrates 104th Birthday

By: Marybeth Brush Email
By: Marybeth Brush Email

Birthdays are special days. But imagine what your party will be like when you turn 104.

One local lady did just that Monday. The guest of honor shares her memories of more than a century with 11 News.

It's a birthday with many celebrating. But it's also a day that leaves Sister Richardis Durant in confusion

"I mean I can't understand why I am living so long," says Sister Durant.
Surrounded by family and friends, Sister Durant recalls how different this birthday is from ones past. "Those were the days of the horse and buggy and where a person worked for a whole day for $1.00 a day, where bread was five cents a loaf and stamps were three cents and we didn't know what an airplane was like," says Sister Durant.

Even as the world around her changes this former educator is keeping her old school ways. "Very regimented and oriented, and everything has to be done a certain way and on time," says William Hooker, her nephew.

But Sister Durant is not afraid of embracing current technology. "I do correspond with my friends and people through e-mail," says Sister Durant. "She still goes to the computer and gets her e-mail everyday," says Sister Carmela Trujillo.

Sister Durant retired more than 20 years ago and is currently living at Mount St. Francis in Colorado Springs.


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