100-year-old Opal Wilson named Kansas outstanding senior volunteer of the year

A 100-year-old Hutchinson, Kan. woman has been named the state's outstanding senior volunteer of the year.

Opal Wilson spends her weeks helping out at the Elmdale Wellness Center.

"We have card bingo on Wednesdays and I have to set that up and get prizes for that," Wilson says. "And bunco on Monday afternoon, I get that ready."

But this is nothing new to Wilson. She's been volunteering for years at different organizations.

She's done everything from helping at the Red Cross to volunteering at the courthouse to helping the county Sheriff's Patrol.

"I love to be around people," said Wilson, a lifelong resident of Hutchinson.

She and her husband, Bill, had two children.

Sadly, Bill passed away 16 years ago, but Wilson still lives in the home they bought in 1974.

And even though she's 100-years-old, she says she feels like she's only 70.She loves to dance, still drives and flies once or twice a year to visit family.

Wilson has had some health issues in the past few years, but she's not letting that slow her down. And she hopes that will inspire others.

"I think that's what you have to do, is not feel sorry for yourself," Wilson said. "Take what comes and make the best of it and keep going."


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