Leona farmed. She cleaned houses. She worked, worked, worked. Tuesday, she turns 100.

Leona Boettcher with her wedding dress.

TIMES photo by DOLORES CULLEN

Her husband died at 39. She ran the farm and scrubbed floors on her hands and knees. Leona Boettcher offers no hint of bitterness.

BY DOLORES CULLEN

We’re betting Leona Boettcher makes it to 100. Her birthday is next Tuesday and she’s in spectacular health.

“Who thought I was gonna get this old?” she says, sitting in a chair in the apartment she shares with her daughter Marjorie Miller. She still cooks, embroiders and cleans. She can dress herself and take a shower.

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