I’d no sooner blogged about the 7-decade old Better-N-Nothing Bridge Club of Zanesville, Ohio than Google alerted me to Lola K. Nielsen of Marshalltown, Iowa.
This time, however, the alert came not as a celebratory article about a bridge club, but–a bit sadly–in the Times-Republican’s obituaries. Lola died at age 96. The obituary says, “Lola loved to play bridge and was the last surviving member of a bridge club that met for 70 years.” [http://www.timesrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/538347/Lola-K–Nielsen–96.html?nav=5006]
Not too sad really. As a nonagenarian, most of us feel very lucky to have lasted as long as we have–how can one really expect more than 90 years? The bible only gives us three score and ten, so we’ve been lucky for two additional decades.
Lola Nielsen and her bridge club deserves recognition for long-lastedness, while at the same time granting that the Zanesville club is still (far as I know) the oldest bridge club in the U.S.A. Lola was the last surviving member of her bridge club. The Zanesville club still has four of the original members!
It’s a record that may never be matched.