Born in Beach, North Dakota July 25, 1909, Lucy Siercks has seen a tremendous amount of changes in her lifetime! This year Lucy turns an amazing 106 years young. Her family affectionately calls her the “Energizer Bunny” because she remains so active and has outlived many members of her family.
Lucy grew up on the family farm where they raised cattle, pigs and sheep as well as wheat, barley, rye, corn and flax crops. At that time, North Dakota wasn’t even a state! The Northern Pacific Railroad was just building through North Dakota, coming from Montana.
Lucy recalls babysitting for 3-5 kids, sometimes overnight, for 50 cents. She never went to college because her dad felt she should stay at home and help her mom.
Lucy has outlived two husbands. She met her first husband when she was 28 years old. He was working for a farmer who lived next to her uncle. They fell in love and were married for over 30 years. She was married to her second husband for over 20 years. They loved to dance and traveled to every state except Louisiana and the Hawaiian Islands.
Lucy says she’s had an interesting life. She is very happy she got to travel and see a lot of the country. She’s been to the top of the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty in New York City and the Sears Tower in Chicago. Although she liked Arizona best!
Throughout her lifetime, Lucy has enjoyed doing all sorts of crafts. She did oil painting and made her own frames. She sewed quilt tops and the Church ladies sewed the bottoms. She has crocheted afghans and more than 40 doilies.
When asked, she said the key to her longevity is that she never drank or smoked too much! Lucy moved into Shepherd Court Apartments in 2011 at 102 years old. She really liked living in the apartments and said that the people are very nice here. Recently, she moved into the nursing home and is settling in. She is still very active and enjoys going to the activities, playing cards, crocheting and knitting.
We are proud that Lucy calls Good Shepherd home.