Though she says she isn’t able to twist and turn like she used to, Lilly Parman still makes sure to get in a dance or two at the weekly VFW Post dance. “Kansas City” and “Pontoon” are among her favorites to dance to.

Though she says she isn’t able to twist and turn like she used to, Lilly Parman still makes sure to get in a dance or two at the weekly VFW Post dance. “Kansas City” and “Pontoon” are among her favorites to dance to.

That’s pretty amazing considering this well known Camdenton resident just turned 105 years old last week.

On April 15, nearly 90 people gathered at Lilly Parman’s house to celebrate her 105th birthday. Little did Parman know, Mayor John McNabb of Camdenton would arrive with a resolution claiming April 15 as “Lilly Crews Parman Day.” Following this announcement, State Representative Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) would arrive and present Parman with a similar resolution, honoring her within Missouri for the incredible 105 years of service she had provided to the state. 

Parman was born and raised in Kansas City, where she would go on to marry her first husband Earl Crews. She and Earl went on to have three children, Bob, Marjorie, and Ruth. Parman remembers, when the children were 7, 5 and 3 respectively, the news broke on the radio about Japanese planes bombing Pearl Harbor. This would end up sending Earl and his brothers to war. 

During this time, Parman worked at a bomber plant in Kansas City, checking tools used in manufacturing these planes. After a few years, she would be transferred to work in an office. She remembers getting a letter in the mail stating that the Japanese had surrendered and her husband would be coming home. All of the Crews brothers would survive the war. 

Parman would later go into the real estate business for nearly 30 years and marry her late husband Calvin Parman. She came to the Lake of the Ozarks area in 1982 and spent time in Laurie and eventually found her current home in Camdenton. She is now a member of Community Christian Church and volunteers at LAMB House.

For over 50 years, Parman remained an active member of the Kansas City VFW Post where she served time as president. She continues to actively participate in the Camdenton VFW and attends dances weekly. 

“I love to dance,” Parman said. “I look forward to it every week.” 

Currently, Parman has a total of three children, nine grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren. Many of these relatives were present to celebrate and dance with her during her 105th birthday party at the VFW Tuesday night. Nearly 50 other community members were also in attendance to hug and congratulate Parman on her achievement. 

Parman says that being 105 years old “feels like any other day.” She says the secret to staying so youthful for so long is to drink eight glasses of water a day and to keep dancing with friends. She says she enjoys being able to come to the VFW every week and seeing the many lovely dancers who join in with her. 

Out of the many achievements she has succeeded in throughout her life, she says the thing she’s most proud of is simply making it to 105 through drinking water and staying healthy. She says her favorite president was Teddy Roosevelt and her best memory is the moment her husband came home from World War II. Through the many years of memories, Parman says nothing makes her smile more than the thought of her children and enjoying a big meal of steak, potatoes and gravy.