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February 11, 2014 | 02:54 PM
Here’s Ida Lavin by the numbers:

105 — her age.

600 — the number of people in the world who’ve lived that long.

99 — the year she quit volunteering and driving. She left the road with a perfect driving record.

You can concentrate on the numbers, but in truth her birthday get-together last Sunday at Geneva Lake Manor had more to do with family.

Her 76-year-old son was there, as were an assortment of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.

“I don’t know how I got to be 105,” she said.

Her best guess?

“I’ve lived a quiet life,” she said. No smoking. No drinking. Lots of dancing and horse back riding. She remembers when dances cost 10 cents each. Traveling all over the place in a camper with her family.

She grew up on local farms with no electricity. According to a story in the Regional News last year, one of her first memories is riding in a horse-drawn carriage. Every Sunday the family would go to Lake Geneva with a sleigh and a horse to cut ice, an exercise that took all day. She worked for Chaney Instruments for decades.

Ida loved horses, one named Queenie was her favorite.

She’s lived long enough to remember Amelia Earhart (who disappeared in 1939) and the kidnapping of Charles Linbergh’s baby (1932).

What’s she doing now? She’s doing what everyone is doing.

Watching the Olympics.

She loves skating the best.

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