At 101, Maurine McNally is almost as socially active as a teenager.
She’s a resident at Pacific Springs Village, an independent living community, where she shares her meals with friends.
She goes to all the home’s activities: a weekly wine and snacks social, music programs, brunches, mix and mingles, Chatauqua-like presentations of historical figures and talks about animals or bees.
“She enjoys being around people,” said daughter Sylvia Jenkins of Omaha.
McNally also reads The World-Herald cover to cover each day, and she loves to talk about current events, Jenkins said.
“My son had to tell her before Thanksgiving that we weren’t going to discuss religion or politics,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins wanted to do something to celebrate McNally’s longevity. McNally had a birthday on Dec. 12, and to her daughter, it made sense to dedicate this year’s Goodfellows donation to her mom — “a good time to give her birthday amount to honor her wonderful life.”
Goodfellows, The World-Herald’s charity, provides one-time emergency aid to area residents who need help getting back on their feet. That’s what Jenkins likes about it. She’s given for at least 10 years.
“People just need a helping hand,” she said. “It’s temporary because of something that’s happened in their lives.”
The charity also distributes holiday meal vouchers and helps students at back-to-school time. Every dollar donated goes to those in need; The World-Herald pays all administrative costs.
McNally was a stay-at-home mom. Her husband was an attorney in Schuyler. She attended Wayne State College for a year.
She still loves to sew, though it’s harder for her to see what she’s working on than it used to be.
Jenkins sees her mom often, and told her that her name had been in the Goodfellows list. The daughter cut it out and highlighted it for mom to save.
Mom was excited.
“Yeah, I’d like to see my name in print,” McNally said.