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Reflecting on a century of living

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By The Staff

Neila Schuhmann

Social Writer

She can't understand why everyone's making such a fuss, but Frances Moss is celebrating a milestone nonetheless.

On Saturday, Moss will be 100 years old.

"I really don't think it's any big deal," she said.

Born in Campbellsville to Thomas and Fannie Newton, Moss spent most of her adult life in Louisville and returned to Campbellsville just a couple years ago.

Moss said she's been lucky to have had good health most of her life, "... until I got about 90 and then I started falling apart."

She said arthritis has slowed her down, and she only gets out these days for doctor visits.

As a middle child, Moss had two older siblings, who are now deceased, and two younger siblings, Marvin Newton and Peggy Newton Graham.

She was married to the late Bill Moss, and has two children, Mary Frances Hughes of Daytona Beach, Fla. and Dr. James T. Wooldridge of Lebanon. Moss also has five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In 1940, Moss left Campbellsville to attend business school in Louisville. She worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 27 years as a clerk/stenographer and in the personnel department.

When she was younger, Moss enjoyed fishing, playing golf and piano.

"I always loved the outdoors."

A couple years after her husband died, Moss went to live at a Louisville retirement home. She belonged to a woman's club, played bridge and volunteered her time at Kosair Children's Hospital's gift shop.

Though she's not as active now, Moss still enjoys listening to classical music and reading.

"All my friends in Campbellsville that I used to have are all gone," she said. "I don't know why I'm still here ... the Lord just hasn't called me home yet."

Moss' children are hosting a reception in her honor on Sunday at Windsor Gardens. Some of her grandchildren will be coming from as far away as Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

As far as future birthdays go, Moss said that, "When you get this old, you don't think about the future. You think about the past ... my friends, my family. I dream about them."

Moss said she wishes she knew then what she knows now.

"The things we thought were so important then didn't amount to a dime."

And though she admits to having made some mistakes over the years, Moss said her trust in God made it all better.

"I look back now and I could've done so much better," she said. "You have to have an awful lot of trust in God. You can't make it alone."

- Social Writer Neila Schuhmann can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 224 or by e-mail at cknj@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.