LIFE

101-Year-Old Woman Has Been Working At Texas State Fair For 25 Years With No Plans To Stop

by Kelly Glass
Kelly Glass is a writer whose work focuses on the intersections of parenting, health, and pop culture. She lives in an Illinois college town with her educator husband, wildly ambitious sons, dog, and several fish. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Romper, BlackGirlNerds.com, HelloGiggles, Oxygen.com, What to Expect, and more.

Rose Landin was born as World War I ended. She’s now 101 and has never stopped working. Every season for the past 25 years, she’s been at the information booth of the Texas State Fair helping customers, and this centenarian has got no plans to stop yet.

Miss Rose, as she’s known at work, sits at the counter as the face of the fair. “Get your maps,” she calls out.

The Texas native first fell in love with the state fair as a kid when she visited on a field trip with the orphanage where she lived. As an adult, she and her husband often volunteered at the fair. She had gone through losing her husband and battling breast cancer and decided she needed to keep busy. “I thought I was going to do a million things,” she said.

“But I didn’t do any of them.”

That’s when she decided it was time to get to work. “I worked for 40 years,” she said. “I had to have a job. I had to have something to do.”

And she enjoys every bit of it. People regularly stop by to say their hellos, and she’s made many friends over the years. As long as she feels good, she’ll keep coming back to work. What’s her secret to living a long life?

“You get up in the morning,” the centenarian said. What other words of wisdom does Miss Rose have about life?

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