Pictured above: Viola Van Leer with her son Marvin Van Leer
Editorial by Kyle Quick
In July of this year I had written a story about a wonderful and inspiring 106-year-old women, Viola Van Leer, who came to the 5K race (Event part of the Youth Fair) to watch her 74-year-old son run the 3.1 miles.
Van Leer was born in 1905, living 15 years of her life before ever having electricity. It never crossed my mind when I had asked her about what was the biggest change in her lifetime. When she said, “electricity” I was completely caught off guard, not at all the answer I would have expected.