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Super Senior: Gladys Divall

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BARRE, Vt. -

At North Barre Manor, there's a woman who holds everyone attention.

There's no doubt that all of the 130 senior residents know Gladys Divall.

"I would like to sleep once in a while, but people keep knocking on my door," she says.

If this was a high school, she would win the Miss Popularity Contest.

"I'm very outspoken," she says.

But she also gets the prize for something else.

Joe: "You know you are the oldest person in the building?"

Gladys: "I am?"

Joe: "How does that make you feel?"

Gladys: "Oh, a little superior!"

She's just a few weeks shy of her 103 birthday.

"I don't feel old, I don't feel old at all," she says.

Gladys was born in 1909 on a farm in Montgomery Center, right at the foot of Jay Peak.

"We had no water, we had to pump it -- I bet you didn't have to pump no water," she says.

It was a physically hard, made easier in a loving household. But there was a family secret.

"I was adopted and I didn't know about it until I was 21," she says.

She was working at the town office and wanted to see her birth certificate, she asked her mother about it. Her mother began to cry.

Joe: "Were you upset about it?"

Gladys: "No, because I had a good life and I was treated like number one!"

She got married to Max at a ripe age of 29, moved to Connecticut for work and had one child. But later they wanted to move back to there native Vermont. He has since passed away. She credits her longevity to a spoonful of honey a day, and her knitting.

"I don't charge for my mittens. I give them to the people that need," she says. I feel good and I get it back threefolds, threefolds, I get it all back."

But there is something else that keeps Gladys going -- playing the piano.

Down on the first floor, the queen of the building holds court.

She can't read music and puts in a few extra notes, but no one seems to mind. She says the notes are all stored in her head.

A woman who has it all, both physically and mentally.

"She's just loved by everybody, you don't have to know her and you like her," says resident Dena Estivill.

"I'm blessed, I'm really blessed, " she says.

And for the short time that I'm with her, I feel truly blessed too.

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