Mason Celebrates 100

Alice Mason

Alice Mason of Wheeling is celebrating her 100th birthday today.

She was born Dec. 3, 1917, in Benwood, the daughter of Charles and Bessie (Niedermyer) Bohlmann.

A resident of Elmhurst, The House of Friendship, Mason met her husband, Charles, while he was home on leave from World War II.

“We hit it off right away,” she said. “I guess it was love at first sight.”

He was stationed in Panama for five years, and the couple only saw each other once a year during that time. They wrote letters to stay in touch. They were married for 62 years and have two daughters, Linda (James) Tuel of Wheeling and Kathy (James) Taylor of Exeter, N.H. She has three grandsons and one great-grandson.

She graduated from Union High School and West Liberty State College and taught elementary school for 25 years in Marshall County. Her students were treated to her homemade Easter eggs and peanut brittle each year. She was an avid reader and an accomplished seamstress.

At Elmhurst, she is well-known for her smiling face and pleasant nature.

Her advice to today’s married couples: “I believe that people need to be faithful to one another, be a good parent, love God, try to be a good neighbor and be kind to everyone.”

Her prescription for a long life includes daily walking, a positive attitude, good genes and a healthy dose of sunshine. She doesn’t have any dietary tips for longevity, however, noting, “My mother always said I would eat anything that didn’t eat me.”

An open house in her honor took place on Saturday at Elmhurst, followed by a family dinner.