Lincoln woman celebrates over 100 years of memories

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — As many of us remembered what we are thankful for this season, one Lincoln woman looked back at what she was grateful for the past century.

Family members visited Helen Stover throughout the week to celebrate her birthday a month early.

Stover will turn 101 on Dec. 20 and will celebrate at her assisted living home, The Independence House, in north Lincoln.

On Friday, her son Bob Franklin made the trip from Washington D.C. to spend the day visiting family throughout Nebraska.

Stover has Alzheimer’s Disease and Franklin jokes that she doesn’t remember him.

“I tell you, she gots my sense of humor, or I got hers,” Franklin said.

He said her memory may be failing but she is quick to break out into familiar songs.

“She’s the most beautiful singer,” Franklin said.

Stover’s talents aren’t limited to singing, she can play the piano and guitar and loves to dance.

The two spent the day performing various tunes they both knew and recounting stories of the past.

“I always enjoy talking with her about World War II,” he said. “She remembers some of the Depression and everything else.”

Franklin said he used to live in Germany and would call his mother to talk with her about the familiar topics surrounding the war.

He said that Stover continues to be one of the best people to have conversations with.

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