Phyllis Price will soon celebrate her 89th birthday. Born Aug. 25, 1924 to the late William and Loretta Thomas, she said her eyesight is failing but that it does not stop her from enjoying visits from her family and going on outings.
She proudly wears a bracelet that her great-grandchildren made for her.
“They are 4 and 6. I never take it off except to go in the shower. They told me it glows in the dark. I should see if it does,” she said.
Her daughter-in-law, Jeanette, takes her for manicures and brings her Shih Tzu, Gideon, for visits.
Price had one sister, Betty, who passed away. She and her late husband, Ralph, had four children — Mary Lou, who resides in Clarks Summit; Cheryl, from Wind Gap, Bill from Ithaca, N.Y.; and the late Jack. She also has 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
She resided in Geneva House for nine years before moving to Willowbrook, where she has lived for about 16 months. Price enjoys riding in the van to go shopping or to the casino to play the slot machine.
“I have a special seat in the back of the van. I am small so I think I am the only one who can fit back there,” she said.
Price has a magnifier that allows her to read the newspaper every day. The newspaper is projected onto a screen. She subscribes to the Library of Congress in Pittsburgh, which sends her books. She learned about the service through the Lackawanna Association for the Blind.
“I can choose which books to be sent, but usually they just send them,” she said.
She also enjoys watching CNN, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Price is a baseball fan of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and the Philadelphia Phillies though she said “she does not follow the RailRiders much.”
She likes to walk outside and once a month will go next door to Abington Manor to visit her friends. When the weather does not permit her to walk outdoors, she will walk around the second floor of Willowbrook four times. Price uses a walker which she can use as a seat.
“We have Happy Hour here, and I like red wine. The doctor said red wine is good for me. I go up to the bar and I have my special seat, my walker,” she said.
Price leads an active life, enjoying the newspaper, taking a walk or enjoying a visit from her family. She doesn’t let things like her eyesight slow her down.
“It is good to be active,” she said.
And staying active is what she does best.