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Oxford's Oldest Resident Passes Away at the Age of 107

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Bessie Lorena Rounds passed away peacefully at the Woodingford Lodge on August 4th. She was a remarkable 107 years old and lived her entire life in Oxford County.

OXFORD COUNTY - The oldest woman in Oxford County passed away this week. 

Bessie Lorena Rounds passed away peacefully at the Woodingford Lodge on August 4th. She was a remarkable 107 years old and was born on December 16, 1913.  

Bessie lived in Oxford County her entire life, she was born on December 16th, 1913. She was the eldest child of Walter and Annie Rutledge and grew up on a farm in Zorra Township. 

In 1935 she married Otto Rounds and they farmed in the Lakeside area for many years. They had two children Clarence and Lorena. Bessie loves music and was a church organist at Broadview Church in Harrington. She was also a nurse who worked at the Stratford General Hospital for several years before retiring. 

In 2018, Heart FM did a feature story on Bessie Rounds for her 105th birthday. At the time she shared with us the secret to a long life. 

"I just enjoyed every day as it went along and I think you need a lot of music in your life in order to live for a long time." 

She also says there is nothing wrong with eating potatoes, no matter what Harvard Professors are saying these days. 

"Well I really enjoy potatoes, no matter how you make them." 

Bessie lived in Oxford County her entire life, she was born on December 16th, 1913. She was the eldest child of Walter and Annie Rutledge and grew up on a farm in Zorra Township. 

She had been at Woodingford Lodge since 2013 and was a huge fan of their musical events. 

You can read her obituary online here. 

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