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  • Dancing into a new century

  • Turning 100 is an accomplishment. Remaining an active member of the Lake Area Dance Association and turning 100 is an even bigger accomplishment.
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  • Turning 100 is an accomplishment. Remaining an active member of the Lake Area Dance Association and turning 100 is an even bigger accomplishment.
    Lilly Parman turned 100 on April 15. Her milestone birthday caught the attention of residents all over the lake area. Not only did she get her own special 'Lilly Parman Day' at the Camdenton Senior Center, but she also had a party with about every organization she belongs to.
    The Lake Area Dance Association headed up by Jeanne Laminger hosted a dance and birthday celebration in honor of Lily on April 14.
    "Lilly is a very special person and she has been a part the Lake Area Dance Association since the very beginning," Laminger said. "She is still a dancer. She still swing dances. Not only that, she still line dances."
    Laminger is impressed with Parman's participation and dedication to dance. Parman takes line dance lessons at the Camdenton Senior Center and organizes weekly dances at the Senior Center.
    More than 80 of her closest friends and family gathered on April 13 to celebrate Parman's life at her home. Parman has been enjoying all the attention her 100th birthday has spurred, but for her the fact that she has hit the 100 mark is still unreal.
    "I just can't believe I'm 100," she said.
     
    Q and A with 100-year-old Lilly Parman:
     
    Q: What is your secret to longevity?
    A: Well, I would say, just eating right and exercise and dancing.
     
    Q: How has dancing helped you live a long life?
    A: Dancing is good for your mind, body and soul. It's good for your mind because you have to remember the steps and its good exercise and good fun.
     
    Q: What advice do you have for younger generations?
    A: Don't drink, don't smoke and live right.
     
    Q: How does 100 feel different from 99?
    A: I have gotten so much attention.
     

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