The Times West Virginian

March 26, 2013

Volunteering keeps Mannington centenarian busy

Stella Mae Howey enjoys helping her community as she marks 100th birthday

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

MANNINGTON — Stella Mae Howey is celebrating a milestone today — her 100th birthday.

She can’t believe she’s 100 years old.

“I would never think of that,” she said. “Who ever thinks of living that long?”

Unsure how she could be 100 years old, Howey said there’s a reason she’s lived this long, and that reason may be of help to others.

Her age doesn’t stop her from staying active in the community. Howey volunteers at the Mannington Food Pantry and Clothes Closet on Mondays.

“I do it because they need help to get things out,” she said. “There’s a group of us that do it every week, and we look forward to that day because we have a good time together and we’re helping out.”

Every Monday, Howey can be found hanging and folding clothes, picking clothes out of bags or putting clothes into bags. Whatever she’s doing, she loves it.

Howey grew up in West Virginia, then moved to California with her husband Alonzo in 1947. Eleven years ago, Howey moved back to West Virginia to live with her sister and her husband, Marie and Joe Elliott.

Marie Elliott took Howey to the Mannington Food Pantry and Clothes Closet about 10 years ago and Howey has been there ever since.


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