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'Miss Daisy' Hunter is 100

Daisy M. Hewitt Hunter

Daisy M. Hewitt Hunter

Daisy M. Hewitt Hunter of Prescott Valley will celebrate her 100th birthday on April 5.

The centenarian, who lives with her son, Don, thrives on reading the newspaper every morning and working its crossword puzzles and other mind-testing features in the paper. She enjoys playing a number of card games - "Spite and Malice" with her son and "Hand and Foot" when her niece and spouse from Tempe make their monthly visit. Hunter also enjoys all kinds of animals.

Her favorite hobby for many years was league bowling. Hunter and her teammates bowled together every week. They competed in city bowling tournaments, then moved on to state and national tournaments. Hunter was an ardent fan of rock 'n roll legend Elvis Presley. She owns copies of every movie "The King" made and frequently watches them.

"Miss Daisy," as she affectionately is called, was born April 5, 1914, in Sterling City, Calif., to Myrtle Carey Hewitt and Jessie Leroy Hewitt. She had three siblings, all now deceased. They were Ethel Mae, Sherman Clair and Jessie Leroy. Her father worked for the railroad, and one of her early family homes was a railroad car in Middle River, Calif.

In June 1932, she married Leighton Edward Hunter, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service. After their two children, Ronald Leighton and Donald Edward, were grown, Daisy worked as a civilian employee at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, Calif. Ronald died in 2001.

Her family says Hunter "has endeared herself to all with her quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. She has challenged many by her longevity."

Family and friends will honor her precisely on her birthday. Expected are Don; three nieces: Jan Hewitt of Fresno, Calif.; Judy Hewitt Riden and husband, Chuck Riden, of Tempe; and Debbie Payne Hatfield, along with grand-nephew Kyle Hatfield and grand-niece, Christine Clecak, all of Meridian, Idaho; three granddaughters, Sandy Hunter Wayman and husband Ron Wayman of Seattle, Wash., Terrie Hunter Kinsman and Karen Hunter Duncan, both of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; and a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Hunter Morgan of Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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