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Local woman says life has been good as she celebrates 100th birthday

A New Hartford woman celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday, and says she looks back fondly on all of the peoples she’s met in her life.

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 5:52 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – A New Hartford woman celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday, and says she looks back fondly on all of the peoples she’s met in her life.

Libby Hughes grew up in Stephentown, N.Y., and was the eldest daughter of a dairy farmer. Her family owned Briggs Farm in Stephentown. She says she attended a one-room school near her hometown, but still made time to help out on the farm feeding the cows and calves.

After working on a farm and having to walk to school every day, Libby says she’s never liked the weather when it snows.

"I didn't care much about winter time. Especially when I had to walk to school. That wasn't funny at all! But, generally speaking, I liked most of what I've done. You meet nice, nice people," she said.

Libby graduated from SUNY Albany in 1940 and went on to teach business in Canton, N.Y.

She married her husband Elliott, a teacher in New Hartford, on Oct. 11, 1947. The couple adopted two sisters, Darlene and Mary in 1949, and had their son, Reese, in 1952.

Hughes Elementary School in New Hartford was named in Elliott’s honor after his retirement. After he was no longer working, the couple made time to travel.

“Elliott was retired for 15 years and we did quite a bit of traveling in the U.S. and Canada, a week’s trip to Spain and a cruise to the Bahamas with his sister and her husband. We spent part of the winters in Florida for several years and trailered there and back,” she said.

After Elliott passed away in 1987, Libby purchased a motorhome to continue her trips to Florida.

“Elliott and I had been looking for motorhomes which I could use before he died, so I was pleased with my purchase! I drove back and forth to FL many times and even to CA, with Katie the cat, my traveling pal,” she said.

Libby continued to come back to New Hartford every spring, until she moved back to the area permanently.

After losing her three sisters, a brother, her son and a daughter, Libby moved into an independent living facility before Cedarbrook Village in New Hartford, where she currently resides.

Libby has enjoyed all of her experiences through the decades, saying “my life has been good!” She says she plans to attend a reunion at Briggs Farm next summer.

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