Norah Anne McGraw Ahrens holds the distinction of receiving personal greetings from Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Born Feb. 26, 1908, at Scammon, Norah laughs when she says she's been "kind of ornery" all her life.
She was also a hard worker, according to her son-in-law, Ted Yoakam.
"She started at AT&T as an operator in Kansas City, back when they had those old switchboards," he said. "She transferred to the Pittsburg telephone office, but quit just before World War II. Then she worked for the Parsons Ammunition Plant for five or six years."
Norah later worked for the Annshire Garment Company on South Broadway, then was a nurse's aide at the old Mt. Carmel Hospital and later at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center (now Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg).
Her husband, the late Paul C. Ahrens, was a long-time Pittsburg firefighter. The couple had three children - Doloros Yoakam, David Ahrens and Mary Colleen Jones. Norah has 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Norah moved to Cornerstone Village on Aug. 16, 2005.
Her 100th birthday was marked with, not one, but two parties. She has since obtained the milestone of reaching her 103rd birthday.