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Ashville resident celebrates 100th birthday

April 5, 2017
By Gavin Paterniti - , Westfield Republican

It's not every day that someone turns 100 years old, but that's exactly what happened for one Chautauqua County resident earlier this week.

Having been born on March 30, 1917, Priscilla Swanson, a Frewsburg native and longtime Ashville resident, achieved centenarian status Thursday and is celebrating with her family this weekend.

Priscilla was born in Frewsburg and attended Frewsburg High School, during which time she met her future husband, Earl Swanson, and also played on the women's basketball team - which was later discontinued but started again in the early '70s. She graduated from high school in 1934 and then went on to attend the WCA School of Nursing, from which she graduated three years later.

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Priscilla Swanson turned 100 years old recently, and will celebrate the occasion with her family today in Celoron.

She became a registered nurse and worked in labor and delivery in the maternity ward of Jamestown General Hospital, now Jones Memorial Health Center, until she retired in 1977. Currently, she resides at Memory Garden assisted living facility on Fairmount Avenue.

Priscilla and Earl Swanson married in 1941, while he was preparing to serve in World War II. The couple had four children - Errol, Helen, Eileen and Melford - and remained married until Earl's death in 1988. Priscilla now has 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren - with two more expected this summer - and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was always athletically inclined, as she also enjoyed golf and bowling up through her 90th birthday. For a time she volunteered with the Red Cross taking blood pressure for a number of years, and following Earl's death she enjoyed traveling to a number of different countries.

In honor of Priscilla's milestone, she will be joined by her family in a birthday celebration today at the Celoron Community Building. Her many great-grandchildren and her great-granddaughter will also attend, and some games will be incorporated into the party, including Priscilla's favorite: Bingo.



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