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Beatrice Boyer Kleinsmith, seated left, receives a framed resolution from HCCoG recognizing her longevity and accomplishments from Rachel Deal, seated right. Family and friends joined the celebration, including, from left, Elaine, Steve and Darin Kleinsmith, and Lou Tilka.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2012-12-18 15:43:19
Last modified: 2012-12-18 15:43:19

Kleinsmith offers sage advice at 100th birthday party

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Beatrice Boyer Kleinsmith reached the milestone age of 100 years this month. On Thursday, Dec. 6, Kleinsmith celebrated with family and friends at The Heritage of Sugar Mountain. A highlight of the gathering came when Rachel Deal, senior tarheel legislator for Avery County, presented Kleinsmith with a resolution from High Country Council of Governments honoring her long life. The resolution recognized many of Kleinsmith’s experiences and accomplishments since she was born on Dec. 6, 1912, in Fostoria, Ohio.
The resolution noted Kleinsmith’s marriage to Stanley Kleinsmith in 1936 followed by 60 years of marriage, the births of her two sons two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, her membership in Phi Beta while at Capital University, her membership in Eastern Star, her graduation with a degree in music, her many years playing and teaching piano and organ, her move to the High Country in 2007 and some of her favorite pastimes, including visiting the theater, playing piano, traveling and dining.
Joining Kleinsmith at the part were many friends from around Western North Carolina and family members, her son Steve Kleinsmith and his wife, Elaine Kleinsmith, and grandson Darin Kleinsmith.
When asked for the secret to longevity, Kleinsmith offered this advice:
“Stay away from negative people. Always stay positive. That will keep you happy,” Kleinsmith said.