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Advocate editorial board opinion: Victoria resident celebrates her longevity

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 16, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2012 at 8:16 p.m.


We wish Tamer Lee Brooks Owens, of Victoria, a happy birthday. Wednesday, Feb. 15, marked her 110th birthday, and that makes her one of the oldest living humans on Earth.

Only recently, Owens moved to Twin Pines because of a fall. But she had lived at her home up until that unfortunate accident.

Her niece, Betty Hicks, made sure Owens had what she needed when she lived at home.

We always wonder what secrets older people have for their longevity and staying sharp as a tack.

Owens certainly is sharp, and there's no doubt about her long life.

Last year, she said laughter is the best medicine for the soul. And she does appreciate comedy - the kind that makes one all tickled inside.

Another activity Owens is known for is walking. Her niece, last year, said Owens was known as "the lady who used to walk everywhere," a phrase that grew out of her twice-daily walks to town from her little cottage on Constitution Street.

On her 106th birthday, a few more secrets were let out of the bag. She drinks a cup of apple cider, garlic and honey in a cup of hot water before breakfast every day. On her 102nd birthday, we learned her favorite TV show was "Days of Our Lives," a soap she's watched since it began in the 1960s.

And she reads the Bible every morning, boiled her water, refrained from using salt and took one Tylenol daily.

Most importantly, she keeps her mind engaged by reading. And had three husbands she divorced and no children.

Owens was raised in Edna by her parents, Riley and Georgia Edwards Brooks, who farmed. She was the eighth child - she had two brothers and 10 sisters, all deceased.

Owens moved to Victoria in 1942 in the middle of World War II. She worked at cafes and did domestic work.

The year after Owens was born in 1902, the Wright brothers on Dec. 17, flew the first airplane at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Many inventions and innovations followed, including light bulbs, TV, radio, conveyor belts and assembly lines, microwave ovens, rockets, radar, air conditioning and more. We had World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraqi wars and the Afghanistan war. We put a man on the moon and furthered space flight. And much more transpired, as Owens watched through the years.

So it was appropriate for Victoria Mayor Will Armstrong in 2011 to declare Feb. 15 as Tamer Lee Brooks Owens Day.

We wish you well, Tamer Lee Brooks Owens, and if we could only do as well as you.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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