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Refusing to Worry: The Secret to a Long Life / Nick Ehrhardt

Refusing to Worry: The Secret to a Long Life

Dorothy Slocum (Toledo Blade)Active senior Dorothy Slocum “kept the doctor away for much of her 90s,” reporter Mark Zaborney wrote in Slocum’s obituary published in the Toledo Blade. “She was too busy sewing patchwork quilts.”

Slocum donated more than 300 quilts to churches and charities in recent years to be given to the needy or auctioned off to raise money.

“She did see a physician in 2009. ‘I had my ears cleaned,’” she told The Blade a couple of years ago.

The retired bookkeeper, competitive bowler and square dance caller died June 26 at age 96.

Zaborney wrote:

Refusing to worry was her secret to longevity and good health, her daughter said. Or, as Mrs. Slocum told The Blade in 2009: ‘What is to be will be.’

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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.