At the 2013 Fargo event, we had the opportunity to meet women behind inspiring stories of health: mental, physical and emotional. Meet Loal.
Loal's secret to a long life: good sleep habits, regular exercises and socialize with friends
The seasoned and wise Loal Tufte. Born on April 5, 1913 – yes, she is 100 years young – Loal was delivered by her aunt, because her doctor couldn’t arrive by horse and buggy in time. The oldest of five, she grew up on a farm and had to tend to many farm chores, including driving the hay rake, which was pulled by horses. She attended country schools, and graduated high school in 1930 after turning 17. She then attended Valley City State Teachers College and received her teacher certificate after just one year, at the age of 18, teaching in country schools for the next 7 years.
She married Oswald Tufte in 1938. They moved to Seattle for a time and then back to Cooperstown where he became superintendent of schools and taught Science. It was his career that brought them back and forth between North Dakota and Minnesota. They finally settled in Grand Forks where they both worked for the University of North Dakota. They have three children, two boys and a girl.
Loal’s Life has been filled with lots of outdoor camping and hiking. While living in Mesa, Arizona, she was involved in swimming and water aerobics. To this day, she takes one chair exercise class 7 days a week! She’s been strong enough to fight off viruses, infections, bronchitis and pneumonia her whole life, and has only had one surgery… a tonsillectomy when she was 14. Her healthy diet includes eating everything in moderation… although she is quite fond of chocolate!
If you ask her what HER secret is to a long life, she’ll tell you to she’s got good sleep habits, she exercises regularly and socializes with friends. Her faith in God and love of Jesus Christ help her to keep a positive outlook on life. She’ll add that she’s lucky enough to have good genes, too. Her dad passed just a few months shy of 102 and her mom at 96. It’s certain that this young gal will someday be remembered as a happy person, a good mother and friend, a helpful person and one who doesn’t judge others.