Centenarian claims healthful living and being positive are keys to a prolonged lifetime

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (NSU) – Corinne Mondello Dowden has witnessed a large amount in her extended lifestyle and has some tips for youthful folks: “Get educated and have a purpose in life.”

Dowden, age 101, earned a degree in property economics at Louisiana Point out Typical School, as Northwestern State College was then regarded, in 1943 and from her property in Kisatchie talked with a visitor about her college student times, college who were being special mentors and her ordeals as a younger teacher in modest rural faculties.

The oldest kid of Sicilian immigrants, Dowden graduated from Natchitoches Higher College.  She was the very first person in her family to attend university, encouraged by her mother and her substantial college residence economics teacher Ruby Dunckelman.  Dunckelman would later have a prolonged vocation as chair of the Department of Household Economics at Typical.

At Typical, Dowden was also a student of math professor Joe Webb, father of the late NSU President Dr. Randy Webb chemistry professor A.L. Ducournau, who’s file ebook she recalled becoming stolen by a course prankster, and Esther Cooley, who taught food stuff science. Her relatives have been also friends with one more Sicilian immigrant relatives, the Maggios, forebears of NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio.

Household economics was regarded as an important scientific willpower that essential used knowledge in chemistry, biology and other branches of science to instruct wellbeing and hygiene, nourishment, foods preparing, childcare, finance and household management. For several a long time NSU’s property economics section taken care of a apply cottage that college students have been essential to are living in and maintain for just one semester, scheduling and serving foods for every other and invited guests. Dowden recalled an incident in which she unintentionally locked the household mother out of the cottage just after an celebration at which Dowden was a hostess.

Dowden was born July 3, 1919. Instruction was crucial to her mother and father.  To go to Regular, she and her pals observed rides to Natchitoches from Powhatan and later on rode a bus pushed by a Mr. Weaver.  As a commuter university student, Dowden didn’t participate in numerous extracurricular functions, but she did have a perform-analyze career with Ora G. Williams, librarian and professor of English, restoring textbooks in the library, which assisted pay back tuition.

She recalled that at just one issue she was not sure she required to carry on her reports and intended to resign.

“I bought discouraged and you had to report to the president if you preferred to resign,” she recalled. “A.A. Fredericks was a buddy of the relatives and he refused to allow me resign.”  With his encouragement and that of Mrs. Dunckelman, Dowden stayed in school.

Completing her diploma in the course of Environment War II, Dowdon taught at Provencal and then at Longville, a small faculty in Beauregard Parish that essential a household ec instructor. The principal there, Joe Mitchell, was the son of Normal’s registrar, and Dowden boarded with Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell even though teaching science, chemistry and property economics at the superior college.

She went from Longville to instruct at Kisatchie where by she satisfied and married S.G. Dowden.  Right after yrs of educating at Kisatchie and Gorum, she retired in 1974 with 30 decades of knowledge.

Thinking back on Standard times, Dowden also recalled her friendship with Dr. Marie Shaw Dunn, who created the Residence Economics Department’s focus in early childhood education and learning and the Little one Growth Centre that is named for her, and Minnie Lee Odom, an additional long-time household economics professor. Dowden returned to Northwestern Condition College or university to earn her master’s degree in residence economics in the early 1960s. She has young children, grandchildren, excellent grandchildren, nieces and nephews who acquired levels from NSU.

A able, can-do spirit is widespread among those people who pursued levels and occupations in dwelling economics and Dowden is no exception.  She began sewing as a youngster and is regarded by her spouse and children as an superb prepare dinner, acknowledged specially for her pies, do-it-yourself bread and coconut cake.

Dowden and her husband, who were being married 49 years till his dying in 1996, had a few little ones and the household has developed to incorporate various grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Final 12 months, she was honored with a huge 100th birthday celebration, attended by extended household, buddies and former students from by way of the a long time.

When requested what attributed to these types of a extended lifestyle, she mentioned, “practicing superior well being habits, consuming well balanced meals and being active.  Also, get lifetime working day by day and have a favourable mindset.  I guess God just wished me to reside this extensive.”

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