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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Alma Bork is living the good life

  • Alma Bork, former Frontenac resident, is still getting around in  style at 103. At least she recently enjoyed a joy ride around the  Bartlesville, Okla., area in a snappy car provided by the Oldies & Goodies Antique Car Club.

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  • Alma Bork, former Frontenac resident, is still getting around in  style at 103. At least she recently enjoyed a joy ride around the  Bartlesville, Okla., area in a snappy car provided by the Oldies & Goodies Antique Car Club.
    She was born Alma May Hopper on July 7, 1909, at Mindenmines, Mo., and came to Frontenac after marrying Eddie Bork on Nov. 19, 1927, in Carthage, Mo.
    “He lived in Frontenac, and one winter day when the roads were covered in ice he ice-skated from Frontenac to Mindenmines to see her,” daughter-in-law Marilou Bork said in a telephone interview. “Imagine ice skating that far to see your girlfriend.”
    Mrs. Bork’s husband, who had been a barber and also worked for the Puritan Dairy in Pittsburg and at Pittsburg State University, died in 1992.
    The couple had a son, Jerry Bork, who has resided in Bartlesville for many years. His wife said that they had urged Mrs. Bork to move down there for several years and she finally came 12 years ago.
    “I thought she would have a terrible time adjusting, and thought I would need to go with her to activities and help her get involved, but she just started doing things on her own,” Marilou Bork said. “When I asked her about it, she said, ‘I just made up my mind,’ and sometimes that’s just what we need to do.”
    Mrs. Bork lived in her own apartment until last August.
    “It was assisted living, with ropes to call for help and people who checked on the residents,” her daughter-in-law said. “Then she needed a little more help, so now she’s a resident at Medicalodge. She’s doing well and participates in the activities there.”
    Mrs. Bork still remembers Frontenac friends, including Mary Ginardi, who called  Marilou Bork recently.
    “Mary asked if Mother Bork still remembered the things they had done together, including going to Lincoln Park to see the Fourth of July fireworks,” Marilou Bork said.
    When she told her mother-in-law that Mary Ginardi had called and asked about the things they had done together, Mrs. Bork replied that they had gone to Joplin.
    “Mary’s son did drive them to Joplin on the weekend,” Marilou Bork said. “And when I mentioned the fireworks in Lincoln Park, she said that she did remember them.”
    Her son and his wife had a birthday party for Mrs. Bork Friday at the nursing home, and someone asked the birthday lady if she had any words of wisdom. Her answer summed it up neatly.
    “Just live a good life,” Mrs. Bork said.
     
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