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Super Senior: Ruby Jenness

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Tucked in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the town of Morgan has a gem of a lake.

"It's beautiful, it's quiet, it's perfect," Ruby Jenness said.

Ruby gets excited like a schoolgirl when it comes to nature on the shoreline of Seymour Lake. The lakefront property has been home for Ruby and her husband, Ken, for almost 50 years. She not only enjoys the shore, but all of the lake. Today, she's giving me a tour.

Just about every morning at dawn Ruby can be seen paddling close to shore.

"If I ever have a moment of being grumpy I remind myself how fortunate I am," she said.

Ruby grew up next door in Holland, Vt., the child of farmers. She went to Lyndon Normal School, now Lyndon State College. There, she met Ken. Her first teaching job was back in the same school she went to as a child.

"I had students in school almost as old as I was, which was a lot of fun; we had a great amount of fun," she recalled.

Ruby downhill skis in the winter and swims in the summer. All of this disguises her age; Ruby will be 92 next month.

Reporter Joe Carroll: What advice would you give people?

Ruby Jenness: Don't stop moving!


Joe Carroll: You proud of her?

Ken Jenness: Well, we've only been married 70 odd years, so I say I must be.

Ken made a career out of the Army. They lived in both Japan and Germany. The couple traveled to every state in the nation. After raising their six children, the Green Mountains beckoned them back.

"My husband's idea was, I have to come back to Vermont and so here we are," Ruby said.

Morgan is their foundation, a little piece of heaven.

It's off to the Circle of Friends annual picnic, an organization to help others, like supplying winter coats to the local kids. Their big fundraiser is making a quilt and then selling it.

"Oh, I have to sell you tickets before you leave!" Ruby said.

Last year they made $5,000. Ruby is a matriarch and founder of the organization, which has 70 or so women.

"She would be everyone's goal. I don't say every woman, it's not that kind of situation, it's everyone's goal," said Chris Blais, Ruby's friend.

"She doesn't need a last name. When you are talking about something and you say Ruby, we all know what you're talking about," Blais said. "We are so proud of you! Oh, Ruby!"

A woman known by her name and respected by all.

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