MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Ethel Williford, 100, Grass Valley |

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Ethel Williford, 100, Grass Valley

Ethel Williford
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How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: Continuously since 1933.

Why I like living here: I have real good neighbors. I’ve lived in the same house since 1954.

What I do in my spare time: I try to take a nap!

My family: Two children, four grandsons, six great-grandchildren.

Best friend: All of my friends, especially at the United Methodist Church, the Esther Rebekah Lodge and the Native Daughters of the Golden West No. 29, Manzanita Parlor.

Favorite food: I like fish because it’s good for me. I like Chinese food and ice cream, too.

Pets: When we lived on farms, we had lots of dogs. We had a dog, Jackie, a Sussex spaniel that my husband loved very much.

Job: I’ve worked in a collection agency. We had a grocery store, a service station and a motel, and then I worked as an insurance clerk until we retired in 1963. My husband didn’t like me working that much.

What I like about my job: I don’t have to do much now. I’ve done a lot of crocheting and knitting.

What I would change about my job: I can’t even keep up with my lodges like I used to. I’d like to be more active in my church and my lodges.

The best job I ever had: I worked for an attorney in Nevada City who was the district attorney at the time. This was over 80 years ago.

If I won a million: I’d make some good investments.

My favorite vacation: We’ve spent the winters in Arizona and Southern California, and taken in a lot of Indian reservations.

My dream vacation: Hawaii.

My greatest accomplishment: I always enjoyed my work in the lodge and the church.

If I could relive my life, I would: Get some more education. I didn’t get as much as I would like.

What I’d change about the world: I’d do something to stop wars.

The most important lesson I’ve learned: Sometimes, when things have happened, I often wonder why the Lord has kept me around so long.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My mother. She really hung on to me.

My hero: My doctor, Wayne Smith. He was my doctor for 35 years.

The best book I’ve read recently: “The Best News Ever,” a daily devotional.

My personal theme song: “Hymn of Promise,” a Methodist hymn.

Favorite TV show: I love “Jeopardy,” “Wheel of Fortune” and Lawrence Welk.

A movie I’d recommend: “The Sound of Music.”

What you should know about me: That I’m a kind and caring person.

A secret I’ve never told anyone before now: I’m not sure how to answer that.

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