Carmen and Celia Renew a Century of Memories

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Two former schoolmates reconnected recently – just about a century after their first meetings.

The annual Salute to Centenarians is the perfect spot for such reunions, as Tucson Medical Center and the Pima Council on Aging welcome members of an exclusive club: local residents who have lived to their 100th year or more.

Of the nearly 40 centenarians who gathered at the May 4 commemoration, two had a long-standing bond.  Celia King and Carmen Amado Acevedo had gone to school together in Tucson early in the 20th century, and they shared some distant relatives, as well.

“I think we’ve gotten old!” Carmen exclaimed as she and Celia renewed their connections. Carmen was born Jan. 2, 1909, in Amado, and Celia was born May 31, 1909, in Tucson. At the time, Arizona was not yet a state.  Both grew up near downtown Tucson, and maintained connections with nearby ranching operations in their younger years – all of which provided memories to share at the recent Salute to Centenarians.

This year’s event included special recognition marking the passage of a quarter of a century since the Salute to Centenarians began.  The annual event has become one of the longest-running and largest gatherings of centenarians in the country.

The Pima Council on Aging maintains a list of Tucson area residents aged 99 years and older. Contact them if you have a name to add: 790-0504.


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