State officials recently recognized Kansas’ centenarians, including two from Ottawa.
Ottawans Melda Cutting, 101, and Elsie Toone, 104, were among seven 100-year-old people honored Wednesday by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and Shawn Sullivan, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, during a ceremony at the Johnson County Human Services building. Both are residents at Vintage Park, 2250 S. Elm St., Ottawa.
“I love visiting with our Kansas centenarians,” Lt. Gov. Colyer said. “They have so much to share about our state and nation’s history; they are a true treasure.”
Centenarians received a certificate from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and each had the opportunity to talk about some of their favorite memories, according to a release from Brownback’s office.
“My favorite part of talking with our centenarians is learning their secrets to a long life,” Sullivan said. “Many of them are still very active and have much to teach us.”
There are more than 70,000 centenarians in the United States, according to the release.