Three sisters, who are each over 100 years old, have reunited after a decade. Rose Shloss, age 101, Ruth Branum, age 104, and Rubye Cox, age 110, were reunited through an organization called Wish of a Lifetime. The nonprofit organization helps senior citizens fulfill their wishes and dreams.
All three sisters were raised on a farm in Muskogee, Oklahoma. However, Rubye eventually moved to Bristol, Rhode Island, and Ruth settled in Sarasota, Florida. Although they kept in touch, the ladies have not seen each other in 10 years.
Wish of a Lifetime made the travel arrangements and paid for the reunion.
Rose, who requested the reunion, said “it’s wonderful to see them all.” Ruth said it is “wonderful that the lord has allowed us to live this long and allowed us to be together.” Rubye, the oldest, said “it’s just beyond words.”
All three sisters offered advice for living over 100 years.
Ruth said her secret is staying active. The 104-year-old sister said she managed her family’s grocery store for 30 years. Following her retirement, she maintained an active lifestyle:
“My motto in life has been, ‘I would rather wear out than rust out.'”
Rose, age 101, credits her longevity to healthy eating habits. The former U.S. Treasury employee said she and her family stayed healthy by eating natural foods, which were grown and raised on the family’s farm.
Rubye, the oldest sister, said her faith kept her going for 110 years. The former schoolteacher said she relied on faith to “relieve life’s stresses.”
As reported by People, the three sisters had four other siblings, who have passed. However, they are thankful they still have each other.
When Rose expressed interest in seeing her sisters, an employee of the Brookdale retirement community contacted Wish of a Lifetime. The organization, which was founded by Jeremy Bloom, was created to help senior citizens “inspire an entire generation and to create a cultural shift on how we view aging.”
Bloom said that the organization strives to grant “lifelong wishes” to senior citizens.” Specifically, those who “have overcome tremendous challenges.” Wish of a Lifetime is also dedicated to sharing inspirational stories, as a source of hope.
According to the organization’s website, the guidelines for qualification include a minimum age of 65, inability to fulfill the wish without assistance, and being “capable of experiencing the wish.”
Rose, Rubye, and Ruth, are thankful that the organization brought them together again. Although all three sisters are over 100 years old, they were thrilled to reunite and spend time together.
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