An LI 'Energizer bunny' turns 100
"I never thought I'd make 100," said Lillian Anderson, who lives in the same Hicksville home she and her late husband built in 1939. "How many people do?" More than used to be the case. Anderson has an energy and activity level that belie her age, to put it mildly. She took up golf at age 75, drove and lived on her own until age 96, and until last year handled her own finances and taxes. Her secret? Her relatives say it's her positive attitude. She says not complaining helps, too.
Lillian Nelsen Anderson turned 100 today. She said she never complained about her age and said the key to longevity is not to smoke. She has lost her husband and all of her siblings but her optimism for life is what keeps her going. A party was held in her honor at La Marmite restaurant in Williston Park attended by her friends and family. (Sept. 10, 2011)
100-year old Lillian Nelsen Anderson plays a twice monthly card game with her friends. (Sept. 28, 2011)
Lillian Nelsen Anderson and her husband, Francis, in the late 1950s.
Lillian Nelsen Anderson with her husband, Francis, and their children Bill, left, Joyce and John.
Lillian Nelsen Anderson, right, with her friends and neighbors enjoying a night in Manhattan.
The house Lillian Nelsen Anderson and her husband, Francis Andrew, built in 1939. Lillian Anderson was still living in the house when she turned 100 on Sept. 10, 2011.
Lillian Nelsen Anderson with her husband, Francis, on their 40th anniversary in 1976.
Lillian Anderson, at her 100th birthday party, with her children, from left, Bill Anderson, Joyce Merzbacher and John Anderson. (Sept. 10, 2011)
Lillian Nelsen Anderson with her grandchildren, from left, Gary Anderson, Leanne Anderson Wilson, Kristina Hilton, Laurene Fleischer, Justin Anderson, John Anderson (kneeling) and Mark Merzbacher. (Sept. 10, 2011)
Lillian Nelsen Anderson with her great-grandchildren, from left, Daniel Hilton, 3; Greer Anderson, 8; Lilly Fleischer, 3; Andrew Hilton, 7; Jacob Fleischer, 1; Charlie Hilton, 5; Emily Hollmann, 13; and Elizabeth Hilton, 1. (Sept. 10, 2011)
Lillian Nelsen Anderson working in her office in the 1960s.
Lillian Nelsen Anderson at age 1.
Wedding photo of Lillian Nelsen Anderson and husband, Francis, taken May 21, 1936.
Lillian Nelsen Anderson at age 13 with her brother-in-law.
At age 90, Lillian Anderson volunteered at the U.S. Open golf tournament in Bethpage. (June 5, 2002)
Lillian Nelsen Anderson, 20, on vacation at Wading River.
Lillian Nelsen Anderson with her canasta pals, from left, Rose Ciesla, Minnie Wysolovski, Ruth Lehmann and Lucille Ganassa. All of her pals are from Jericho. (Sept. 10, 2011)