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Alora MacGregor Knight was born in Wall, S.D. in 1920. She moved to Lodi and graduated from Lodi High School in 1939. She married John Lerza in 1944, and he passed away in 1964. They have two children, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 9:14 am

Of course no one stays old forever

However, if I may be so bold,

There are many times throughout your life

When you will be considered old.

A little child will feel the difference

When he’s much younger than his brother,

While the teenagers cannot image

Being the age of their own mother.

Those in their fifties seem to feel

They should know it all by now.

The contributions elders made

Will usually be ignored, somehow.

Those in their seventies feel quite smug.

they feel that they are still quite young

Compared with someone who is ninety.

They are clear in mind, if sharp of tongue.

It all depends which way you’re looking

When you consider who is old.

There are signposts all along the way,

Still, just like the common cold,

Aging does not have a cure.

Though there are many remedies

That can make it easier to bear

A hearing loss and painful knees.

So, you see it is quite simple,

As you pass through life you’ll find,

No matter how many years you live,

You are never old in your own mind.



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