'Don't let yourself get stale': Springfield woman celebrates 100th birthday

She won't hear waves crashing against sandy Pensacola beaches or smell the ocean air, but Kathryn "Kay" Leach is about to get a taste of Florida.Ma...

August 11, 2022
5:16 AM

She won't hear waves crashing against sandy Pensacola beaches or smell the ocean air, but Kathryn "Kay" Leach is about to get a taste of Florida.Many of the Sunshine State's trappings — palm trees, seashells and beach balls — will adorn her family's Springfield home during a tropical-themed celebration honoring Leach's rare milestone.Leach, born Kathryn Elizabeth Taylor on Aug. 4, 1922 in Lakeview, Ohio, joins the ranks of the centenarians today."I never thought I'd get to the age of 100, my goodness," said Leach, who spent more than 40 years in Pensacola, Florida before moving to Missouri.

Ryan Collingwood