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Spunky centenarian enjoys parties

Former Boonsboro resident shares wonderful memories

Former Boonsboro resident shares wonderful memories

October 22, 2007|By JANET HEIM

BOONSBORO ? Growing up with three brothers and two sisters, Lola Culler endured her share of teasing. At age 100, she's still quick to dish it out herself.

"Donna, I'm going to get you for this," she said to her niece, Donna Culler, who suggested her aunt as a newspaper story.

Her family attributes her longevity to her spunk and faith. Lola Culler gives all the credit to a higher source.

"I think the Lord had charge of that," she said.

Culler was born Oct. 23, 1907, in Middletown, Md., to Maurice and Rosa Culler. She said her mother had each of her children baptized at home on their eighth day of life.

Her father worked on the trolley in Frederick County, but always wanted to farm. He moved the family to a farm on Taylor's Landing, the current site of Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center, so he could do just that.

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"That was a wonderful place to grow up," Culler said.

She attended Bakersville School through eighth grade, and she enjoyed spelling.

The family eventually moved to a farm in Boonsboro off Keedysville Road, where the University of Maryland farm is now. They lived there until her father retired in 1940.

Culler, who never married, worked at M.P. Moller Organ Co. as a draftswoman for 26 years. She enjoyed taking car trips.

After the movie "Boys Town" came out, Culler said she didn't believe such a place existed. She told her mother she was going to drive to Nebraska to check it out herself, and her mother said she'd go along.

"The movie was exactly as we found Boys Town to be," Culler said.

She retired in 1969 because of failing vision, moved to Potomac Towers and stopped driving.

At that time, she transferred her church membership from Trinity Lutheran in Boonsboro to St. John's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, because St. John's was in walking distance of where she lived.

She moved to Reeders Nursing Home in Boonsboro 2 1/2 years ago. She and her younger sister, Becky, are the only surviving siblings.

"She was a good big sister. Mother had a lot to do. Lola was like a second mother to me," said Becky Dellinger, 86.

Culler has six nieces and nephews in the area and four who live in Illinois. The local family and one of the Illinois nieces and her daughter will be in Boonsboro to celebrate Culler's birthday with her.

The centenarian said she enjoys parties because of the people, but is hoping there won't be any gifts. The one exception is a request for "one little bar of chocolate with nuts. Just one small piece. I don't want to put on a lot of weight," Culler said.

And there's one more request. Culler, who still tells wonderful stories of her life, recalls how much she and her siblings enjoyed when their mother read to them.

Culler's vision is poor and she can only make out light and dark, not colors or words.

"My mother was quite a lovely reader. I wish somebody would stand up and do that for me," Culler said.

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