We are all living longer these days, but most of us think turning 100 is something still quite remarkable.
Except maybe those who are hitting that particular milestone.
"100 years old is nothing anymore," said Lomie Gray Heard who turns 100 Jan. 22, 2006. "A friend of mine was going to visit her mother-in-law in a rest home and she said there were three ladies 100 years old playing cards."
Heard enjoys playing bridge and her membership in the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), which owns a college and fosters the education of women.
The elementary school at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada is named for Heard. She joined the staff as a kindergarten teacher and became its principal, serving the school for 21 years.
A resident of Payson since 1977, she tutored in the Payson schools until 1996 when she again retired from teaching. In 1977 she was inducted into the Western New Mexico University's Education Hall of Fame in recognition of more than 60 years as a dedicated educator in her native New Mexico, as well as in Nevada and Arizona.