Friday, May 6, 2005

Carey centenarian has tips for long life

'Healthy parents, good genes, good living and no carousing'


By MATT FURBER
Express Staff Writer

Carey resident Mae Taylor celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday Photo by Willy Cook

In Carey, heritage and history go hand in hand. On Tuesday, the connection spanned five generations and 100 years. Mae Taylor and her family marked a century since her birthday May 3, 1905.

During a bountiful feast prepared by her great-grandchildren that included vegetable dips and baked pork loin with Chinese mustard, Taylor also shared a huge birthday cake with the party that included her great-great-granddaughter, Althea, the fifth generation present for the celebration.

"It was quite a party," said Taylor's husband, Merrill Taylor, who will be 89 in November. "There must have been 75 people there. They've made a lot of friends up here in Idaho."

When Mountain Express photographer Willy Cook asked Taylor about her secret to longevity, the centenarian replied, "Healthy parents, good genes, good living and no carousing."

Mae Taylor moved to Carey in 1973 from Colorado Springs, Colo. Born in Rooks County, Kansas, near Planeville, she has lived in farming communities most of her life. After outliving her first husband, she has been married to Merrill for the past 48 years.

Her friend Kim Taylor traveled from Calipatria, Calif., for the birthday celebration and stated, "Mae is always so positive, very pleasant. Both of them, they are the greatest couple."

Other family members came from as far away as Colorado—her younger sister Cecil Ahlstedt lives in Colorado Springs—and still others came from Maine.

"Merrill said until yesterday he had never kissed a 100-year-old woman," said Taylor's son Dan Tipton, who lives in Maine and drove his aunt to the party. "We want to thank everyone for all the flowers and gifts. Mae says she feels good."

The Taylors moved to Idaho in 1973 with some of their Colorado cows after the city of Colorado Springs began to expand into farm country.

"We brought about 125 head up here, registered Angus herd. It's been a good life. There have been ups and downs, but everywhere has them," Merrill said.

The ranching couple retired from the cattle business about 15 years ago, but they have kept active snowmobiling and fishing. While fishing with bait and lures on their outboard motor boat on the Little Wood and Magic reservoirs, the Snake River and other lakes, trout has always been their favorite catch, Merrill said. "Mae hasn't fished in five or six years. She was always the best."

Mae drove a snowmobile until just a few years ago, Merrill added. "She's been a good partner for the past 48 years."




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