100 years and counting

Ireta Fuller Musgrave attributes her long life to “staying ornery and keeping busy.”

The centenarian celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday at the New Horizons Care Center surrounded by friends, family and 25 of her 47 grandchildren.

Musgrave was born and raised in Lovell. She spent most of her married life in Lovell raising her own three children and working in retail businesses that have come and gone over the years.

The party at the care center took her completely by surprise. “I was sitting here and they came in by the dozens,” she chuckled. Musgrave was presented with a key to the city at the party and a bowl filled with dollar bills.

“She’s a pleasure to work with,” said care center staff member Wynter Stein. “She’s spicy and wonderful.” Stein sang some of Musgrave’s favorite songs to her at the party. Musgrave sang along with Stein for a few of her favorites like “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “Keep a Sunny Side.”

Musgrave is known for her antics. Just a few years back she climbed on to the back of a motorcycle and took a 30-mile ride.

“I just climbed on the back of one of those big fellas and away we went,” explained Musgrave. “Now I’ll never live that down.”

Great-grandson Casey Gifford came from Cody to attend the party along with numerous other relatives.

“She’s the best grandmother I could ever want,” said Gifford, who fondly remembers Musgrave teaching him to play card games. “She always had a little fire in her,” he said. “And I will never forget the good times we had playing cards together.”

By Patti Carpenter