Recipe for life: ‘Don’t think old’

Cornelia Spanier celebrated her 102nd birthday on July 26. -- SANDRA BOLL photo

Celebrating her 102nd birthday, Cornelia Spanier of Wailuku says her recipe for long life is “Don’t think old.” Family and friends hosted a party for Spanier on July 30, which was also the birthday of her son, Barry.

Spanier was born July 26, 1915, in Ferndale, Calf. In 1935, she graduated from Oregon State University, where she was an active member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She worked for the Emporium Capwell Co. in San Francisco for 30 years. After retiring, she served as a consultant and appeals hearing specialist for businesses, and was a docent at the San Francisco Academy of Science. Traveling extensively around the world, she especially enjoyed sailing around the Caribbean on a three-masted schooner.

When she was 96, Spanier moved to Maui to live with her son, Barry, and daughter-in-law, Samantha, in Wailuku. She has two grandsons on Maui and a granddaughter in Oregon.

She is an active member of the American Association of University Women-Maui Branch. The AAUW awards three scholarships a year to students at the University of Hawaii Maui College who are continuing their studies there. This year, Spanier established a fourth scholarship that she awarded to Marnie Meuser, a student who shares Spanier’s interest in marine biology.