The Christmas season brings back many memories of times with family and friends. This is especially true when you’ve just turned 100-years-old. Ethel Otto, who resides at Lakeside Meadows, hit the century mark on December 13 and is still as active as ever. She says she finds time to play golf and bingo and visit with her friends around the home.

The Christmas season brings back many memories of times with family and friends. This is especially true when you’ve just turned 100-years-old. Ethel Otto, who resides at Lakeside Meadows, hit the century mark on December 13 and is still as active as ever. She says she finds time to play golf and bingo and visit with her friends around the home.

With 100 years of experience under her belt, Otto has more than a few Christmases to look back on. She says that the holiday season now is much different than it was when she was young. Her childhood was mostly experienced in the 1920s, and she says that the Christmas gifts she received were nothing like they are today.

Instead of asking for a couple presents like an iPhone or a bluetooth speaker, she says the best gift she ever received was a dress her mom stitched for her when she was a young girl. She says most of her favorite Christmas memories surround going to church with the families and coming home for meals.

Now, with a long lineage of two sons, two grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four great great children, the holiday season has grown to mean more and more.

Otto worked a hard life as a farmer in Iowa for many years before the passing of her husband. After decades working the fields, Otto began work as a post office clerk and would remain there until retirement. Even at the age of 80, she was still making six hour drives down to the Lake of the Ozarks to see her family at various times of the year. Moving from Waterloo to Denver and now to Osage Beach, she’s moved a lot in her life and tries to stay near family. She says at 85, she was still mowing her lawn and caring for her home.

Though she can’t pinpoint the exact method, Otto points to her hard work on the farm as a reason for making it to 100-years-old. She also makes sure to stay active around Lakeside Meadows by whatever means she can.

“It just doesn’t seem like a person can really make it to 100, but here I am,” Otto said.