Ethel Bowens is one of the oldest living women on record in Oklahoma and is considered a supercentenarian. She will be turning 110 years old on Aug. 26. Ahead of her 110th birthday, Bowens shared secrets to her long and happy life.

She was alive when the Titanic sank and lived through world wars I and II. She and her husband, Volna, had their first child after 17 years together. “We got started and couldn’t stop,” Ethel Bowens said. Their twins were born in 1953, and her family has continued to grow since then.

In addition to her six children, Ethel now has 29 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and 46 great-great-grandchildren, with more on the way. Most of her huge family will be at her birthday celebration this year.

The secret to a  long life from the oldest living woman is romantic. “One man,” Ethel said. She and her husband Volna were married for more than 60 years.

“He was a good man and a good provider. He had to be to stay with me,” Ethel said.

Other keys to longevity are no smoking, no drinking, and a faith in God. “What I really admire about her is her faith in God. She tells us that all of the time. She says that’s her lifeline,” her daughter-in-law, Rhonda Bowens, said.

Ethel would love a large number of birthday cards.

If you want to write one, you can send it to the following:

Ethel Bowens

P.O. BOX 863

Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044.


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