Pat Moul reads a birthday card with her great-granddaughter Emma Moul, 9, during Pat's 100th birthday celebration Tuesday at Sunset Meadows I. The card, as well as a Craig Centennial mug and coin, were given to her by Craig Mayor Don Jones.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Pat Moul reads a birthday card with her great-granddaughter Emma Moul, 9, during Pat's 100th birthday celebration Tuesday at Sunset Meadows I. The card, as well as a Craig Centennial mug and coin, were given to her by Craig Mayor Don Jones.

Jitterbug dances into 100th birthday

Sunset Meadows resident stays 'feisty' in her golden years

What it cost

• Five-pound bag of flour - 17 cents

• Half-gallon delivered milk - 16 cents

• New Model T Ford - $850

• Ten-pound bag of potatoes - 19 cents

Also born in 1908

• Bette Davis - Academy Award Winning actress

• Joan Crawford - Academy Award Winning Actress

• James Stewart - Academy Award Winning Actress

• Ian Fleming - creator of James Bond character

• Lyndon B. Johnson - 36th President of the United States

— The year was 1908.

It was a big year for baseball: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" made its debut, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series - they haven't won one since - by defeating the Detroit Tigers.

In the automotive world, Ford Motor Company introduced the Model T, also known as the Tin Lizzie and the Flivver, a vehicle later recognized as one of the most influential cars of the 20th century.

William Howard Taft was elected president, the first Mother's Day took place in Philadelphia, New York banned women from smoking in public, Jack Johnson was the world heavyweight champion, Grand Canyon National Monument was created :

And, on Feb. 5, Patricia Moul was born in Omaha, Neb. It would be Moul's first day of many.

"1908," a smiling Moul said Tuesday in the cafeteria at Sunset Meadows I in Craig, "is a long way from 2008."

Moul, dressed in a red velvet pant suit, celebratory hat and a light blue feather boa, turned 100 years old Tuesday. She celebrated with family, friends and Sunset Meadows staffers with a nimble little dance number.

She awoke at 4 a.m. Tuesday a grateful and happy woman, and said so in a prayer.

"I told Him (God), thank you for giving me 100 years of opening my eyes," Moul said. "And I'm glad He did."

Sunset Meadows I and II has 85 residents. The next oldest tenant is 95 years old, said Jan Reece, Moffat County Housing Authority director.

"She is so cute," said Reece, while watching Moul make the rounds and talk to each table of partygoers. "She is just a doll."

Moul lived in Denver for most of her life, roughly 50 years, and later moved to Albuquerque, N.M., before settling at Sunset Meadows in 2003.

"She's a small-town girl for the first time in her life," her daughter Patti Watson said.

Watson, a 40-year Craig resident, checks in with her mother nearly every day.

She described her as a sharp, spry, humorous gal who liked dancing - especially the jitterbug - in her younger years, won a beauty contest in Denver in the 1920s, learned to drive at 55 years old and took up water skiing in her 50s despite not knowing how to swim.

"'Move it or lose it' was her motto," Watson said.

"She's a survivor. She's made it, and she's happy here," she added.

Moul, who described herself as "feisty," said she enjoys crocheting because "it keeps me out of trouble."

She said she doesn't have any particular secrets to longevity, or bits of insightful life wisdom, just some basic ways she's tried to live life.

"Live one day at a time," Moul said, "and just play it by ear. Always have a happy face. I don't know if that's life wisdom, but it's true."

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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