100 years young

Sealy resident reaches a milestone

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Emily Alice Pulos Preibisch might be 100 years old, but she’s still got her quick wit and sense of humor.

When complimented on her sparkly sequined blouse at her 100th birthday party on Sunday, the Colonial Belle resident quips, “I just stitched it up in my room.”

She also has some words of wisdom about how she lived to be 100.

“I didn’t drink, I didn’t smoke and I didn’t chase boys,” she says with a laugh, then decides to revise her answer. “Eating right and living right. Put that in the paper.”

Her only daughter Donna visited Sealy for the birthday celebration and was joined by relatives Karen and Bob and Melanie and Mark. A local band played tunes and the residents of Sealy’s Colonial Belle Nursing Home enjoyed cake and fellowship.

“I’ve been blessed,” Preibisch said. “I like to talk and ask questions. The people here are my friends.”

Preibisch was raised in Boston and became a World War II nurse. She met husband Melvin Preibisch at the Norfolk Training Station.

“Navy rules did not allow Navy nurses to serve after they were married,” she recalled. “With some regret, I resigned in 1944. In 1945, I came to the small town of Sealy, Texas, my husband’s hometown. The unlighted dirt streets were a stark contrast to the bustling life of Boston. My first thought was, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’”

Within a week, however, she was hired to run a 13-bed hospital with Dr. Hoover and Dr. Virgil Gordon.

“As a war bride, I found support from other war brides brought to Sealy from various parts of the United States,” she said. “There were six of us, and three of us became neighbors on Main Street where we raised our families. Our friendship has endured for 68 years. For this I am grateful and blessed.”

Preibisch said she’s thankful for her family and enjoyed watching the Houston Astros win the World Series recently. She has just a few simple words of advice for young people today.

“Children need to be taught respect for their parents, teachers and the law,” she said. “And they need to get an education. Without that, there’s limited jobs and pay.”

Seems like at 100 years young, Miss Emily has got it all figured out.

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