September 2, 2015
Lucille Samia stands in front of her favorite oil painting.
Lucille Samia smiles easily and listens intently. Her laughter is infectious. The three-year resident of Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center (FHRNC) celebrated her 104th birthday on August 27; she says she owes her long life to exercise, strong relationships, and a diet that includes lots of vegetables. She is the poster child for clean living.
Her favorite activities at FHRNC involve exercise. “They have classes for stretching and bending. They keep me moving.” She also spends time reading. “I am so lucky that my eyes are good. They have a good library here, and I am never without a book.” In the basket of her walker is her current choice, Nicole Jordon’s romance, “Master of Temptation.”
Although her husband, Fred, passed away years ago, Mrs. Samia still talks of him as the most important person in her life. “He was a wonderful man, a wonderful husband, so romantic. Even after we were married, he would leave notes around the house for me to find. I remember he used to tell our children, ‘I love you both very much, but your mother comes first with me.’ ”
Mrs. Samia’s daughter comes to see her almost every day, often with her three grandchildren. “She takes me shopping, because I don’t drive now.”