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Published on July 17, 2018

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital resident celebrates 105 birthday 

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Genevieve MacDonald recently turned 105 years old on July 10th and is a resident of the UHS Senior Living Center in Norwich. Genevieve was nothing but smiles and the guest of honor at her recent birthday party, surrounded by friends, family and many memories. 

Genevieve still walks most places and plays horseshoes, bowling and other games. Church has always been a very important part of her life and she said, “God will provide, as long as you have worked hard.” Genevieve was the Baptist Sunday school teacher in South Otselic and was a volunteer until the age of 95 for the cloth closet. She is the oldest living graduate of Otselic Valley School and the Baptist Church in South Otselic.

Genevieve raised two daughters in pioneer style, living with no electricity for over 75 years, until they moved into town. She and her family were farmers and lived off the land, growing crops and livestock. Genevieve had a huge vegetable garden and canned most of what she grew. She was a professional wallpaper hanger for many years and used that earned money to send her daughters to college. She made all the clothes with a hand trundle sewing machine.

Genevieve lives on the second floor at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital along with the other seventy residents of the UHS Senior Living Center, and she hopes to see another 105 years.

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