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Community celebrates special pair

PHOTOS BY MAMTA POPAT / ARIZONA DAILY STAR- Amy Wortham, left, talks with Morris Segal, 100, as Hazel Culver, 101, sits in her wheelchair. Segal and Culver were waiting to be presented to family members and fellow retirement-community residents during a Centenarian Celebration.

At 101 years old, Hazel Culver has earned the right to eat whatever she wants, and her choice is fried shrimp and french fries from a local fast-food restaurant every day.

At 100 years old, Morris Segal walks with only the use of a cane and visits his wife’s grave each week to talk to her.

Culver and Segal were the guests of honor at a Centenarian Celebration July 27 at Hundred Palms Tucson, 102 S. Sherwood Village Drive, where they both live.
Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star- Grace Groundlee, left, gives Morris Segal a birthday card during the Centenarian Celebration at Hundred Palms Tucson.

Tom Kappler, executive director at Hundred Palms Tucson, thought it was incredible to have two centenarians at his facility and wanted to celebrate their lives.

“They are living history, and we wanted to take the time to honor these folks,” he said.

The party was held in the dining room, which was decorated with balloons and a board featuring photos of Culver and Segal.

For dinner, Culver and Segal’s favorite dishes were served: “Hazel’s Steak” and “Morris’s Fried Chicken.”

Regarding advice for living a long life, Segal and Culver had similar things to say – they both stayed active and read a lot.

Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star- Photos of Hazel Culver adorn a wall as part of the Centenarian Celebration at Hundred Palms Tucson.

“Walking and running is best for me,” said Segal, “and looking at my wife’s picture.”

Culver worked as a registered nurse and at one point ran an assisted-living facility. She said the younger generation now is so different from when she was growing up – she went to dances and shows for entertainment; today, she said, kids just go to bars and drink.

Her best advice: “Quit smoking and quit drinking and you’ll live a better life.”

“They are living history, and we wanted to take the time to honor these folks.”

Tom Kappler, executive director at Hundred Palms Tucson

Contact photographer Mamta Popat at [email protected] or 349-5359.


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