Castle Rock woman looks back at 100 years

Irene Theobold credits diet, exercise, God as she reaches century mark

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/24/21

As Irene Theobold turns 100, the Castle Rock resident said hitting the century mark is thanks to a good diet, regular exercise, and the good Lord. “I just get up every day and do what I need to …

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Castle Rock woman looks back at 100 years

Irene Theobold credits diet, exercise, God as she reaches century mark

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As Irene Theobold turns 100, the Castle Rock resident said hitting the century mark is thanks to a good diet, regular exercise, and the good Lord.

“I just get up every day and do what I need to do,” she said. “The Lord has been good to me. Turing 100 is a great feeling. I don’t feel like I am 100. I feel good.”

Sitting in her apartment at Bonaventure Assisted Living, Theobold reflected on the life she has lived through wars, pandemics and epidemics, and in which she has seen the best and worse of society.

COVID-19 is not the first time Theobold has seen a virus spread through the country. In the late 1940s, the polio epidemic spread throughout the U.S. Thanks to a successful vaccine campaign, polio has been nonexistent in the U.S. since 1979.

“Even then, we may not have wanted to get the vaccine, but we did to survive,” Theobold said. “It was the same thing with whooping cough. I just can’t understand why people would not want this vaccine now.”

At 99, Theobold was diagnosed with COVID, which led to a period of isolation in 2020. While her case was mild, Theobold said being kept away from other residents and not being able to see her family was hard.

“It was so terrible to be locked up,” she said. “It was like being in a jail cell. They would just leave food at my door. I couldn’t see anyone for a while.”

Theobold said she relied on her favorite hobby, putting together jigsaw puzzles, to get through COVID and cope with the restrictions caused by the pandemic.

Theobold joked that before the pandemic, she never did puzzles in her apartment becuase she would get so obsessed she would forget to leave. After recovering from COVID, she resumed doing puzzles in the living facility’s actitivity center.

Besides puzzles, Theobold also participates in several of Bonaventure’s organized clubs and activities, including bingo.

In her younger days, Theobold said, she was an expert in sewing. During World War II, while her first husband served in the Navy, Theobold wanted to help.

“I had to do something. At that time, everyone was doing something for the war,” she said. “I knew sewing, so I did that while my husband was out chasing submarines.”

After sewing uniforms for U.S. troops, Theobold and her husband later relocated to Grand Junction where they had a son. Theobold went on to become a beautician with a successful 20-year career.

She relocated to Castle Rock four years ago to be near her son and grandchildren.

Over the years as she has stayed healthy and thriving, Theobold said the hardest part of aging is outliving everyone. Theobold, the middle child of eight children, said she has outlived two husbands and all her siblings.

Having a life full of good family and friends, Theobold said she remains grateful for every moment, while noting she has also been able to travel and see much of the U.S. and parts of the world.

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