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Byrdie knows the secret to staying alive at 105

Byrdie Schoewe marked 105 years of life on Aug. 26. - Andy Hobbs/The Mirror
Byrdie Schoewe marked 105 years of life on Aug. 26.
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Byrdie Schoewe marked 105 years of life on Aug. 26.

Schoewe (pronounced “shavey”) has resided in Emeritus at Federal Way, a care facility, for the past seven years.

What’s her secret to longevity?

“I came from a line of long-lived people. And I behaved myself,” she said, holding a card signed by staff and residents at Emeritus.

Born in 1906, she is the sixth of 13 children and the last one living. Schoewe’s 10 sisters and two brothers all lived well into their 80s and 90s, with one sister reaching 100.

In 1976, she settled in Federal Way with her husband of 62 years, Karl, who died in 1987.

She worked as a homemaker and also manned weather stations for air mail delivery. Schoewe has two children, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

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