The Lima News
Every 100 years or so, you get a chance to meet a special person like Lucy Mathers. And when you do, you end up feeling blessed.
Mathers is 103 years young, still active, and living life to the fullest.
Yeah, she’s slowed down some. She no longer can play a full round of golf, but she does still smack a few balls around when she gets the chance.
On Wednesday, she thrilled a crowd at Simmons Field in Lima by throwing out the first pitch before the Lima Loco’s game. You could tell she was having the time of her life. She rubbed the ball in her hands like a major league pitcher would, waved to a few friends, and then delivered her pitch in the dirt to the catcher. The crowd roared and a smile stretched across her face.
Mathers is a living history book of knowledge.
Eighteen U.S. presidents have held office since she was born. One of them ended a war by ordering an atom bomb be dropped. Another president was assassinated, one was impeached and one made history by becoming the first African-American to hold the office. Mathers also watched a nation go from horses to trains and from cars to airplanes.
In the midst of it all, Mathers always remained active. She grew up in a big family and her brothers made sure she could play ball.
“I didn’t want dolls and all that junk. I wanted to throw a ball,” she said, noting she once hit five home runs in one game while playing in a softball league.
Her niece, Treva Monfort, was in the crowd Wednesday and wasn’t surprised by her aunt’s pep.
“She never had any children so all of us nieces and nephews were like her children. We remember her as always being active,” said Monfort.
Without a doubt, Lucy Mathers is one special lady.