In her early years, Wiley lived in Iowa City, where she would eventually attended college and become a Hawkeye at the University of Iowa.

As of October 20, the Lake of the Ozarks will be gaining another 100-year-old member. Lois Wiley, who currently resides at the Laurie Care Center, will be celebrating her birthday Saturday with the launch of 100 green balloons amongst residents and family members.

In her early years, Wiley lived in Iowa City, where she would eventually attended college and become a Hawkeye at the University of Iowa. She finished her degree in pharmaceuticals and went on to enjoy a life as a full-time pharmacist for over 30 years. Wiley says that she has been living at the lake for the last several years and has enjoyed her time here. 

Wiley was married to her husband Robert Wiley and had four children together, three sons and a daughter. She also has a number of grandchildren living around the country. 

As a hobby, Wiley said she mostly focused on work. She says her father didn’t want her to go to college, though her mother encouraged it. She says she can’t remember the exact path that led her to being a pharmacist, but there was one factor that she will never forget. 

“I just like to be around people,” Wiley said.

Among her joys in life, she says she has always loved the color green and a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs. She didn’t share a secret to her long life, though it must not be going to the gym because Wiley says she has always hated the word ‘exercise.’ 

Wiley says that youth today should all attend schooling and continue to learn new things throughout their entire lives. She feels that she has had a very good life and is amazed at the number of things she has witnessed in her time.