The Pryor Times

March 4, 2014

100 years gets Condit two parties

Staff Writer
Susan Wagoner

PRYOR, OK — Margaret Condit turned 100 years old on Feb. 16 and celebrated with two parties. The first was surrounded by family and friends at church, the other by her friends at Colonial Terrace Nursing Center in Pryor, where she lives.

She was born in Beggs, in 1914. Margaret was one of six children.

“There were three girls and three boys,” she said. “I was the oldest.”

Margaret said the family lived on a farm.

“My brothers were Ralph, Jack and Dale,” she said. “And my sisters were Julia and Ann.”

She said all three of her brothers served in World War II and all three returned.

“My mother sure didn’t like President Roosevelt,” she said. “She thought he had caused the war and took her sons.”

Margaret said she did the house work and canning since the age of 15.

“My mother worked in the fields,” she said. “I did the canning.”

She met her late husband, Owen, at a dance.

“There used to be dances every Saturday night,” she said. “One night I was on one side of the building and he was on the other. He said he looked across the room and saw me and said ‘That’s the one for me.’”

They were married 50 years, and didn’t stop dancing.

“We lived at Locust Grove. We danced every Saturday night,” Margaret said. “There were dances at Claremore and in Pryor part of the time.”

She pointed to a beautiful but aging quilt and said she made it.

When asked if her mother taught her how to sew, she smiled.

“No, I taught her,” she laughed. “I learned at school.”

Margaret has reached a milestone, but chuckles to think of milestones in days gone by.

“I’ve probably forgotten most of it,” she said.