We're starting a new series called SoDak Stories, highlighting the treasures of our great state and feature the many interesting people who live in it.
The first story of our series begins with a real gem. She was born in New Holland and for a century she's lived within ten square miles of her hometown.
It is a voice from heaven. Sweet and inviting with a slight lengthening of vowels, hinting at her South Dakota roots. Minnie Mulder thinks she's a rather ordinary South Dakotan, but don't be fooled.
"I have 12 grand children and 18 great grand children and four great great," Mulder said.
If you're trying to do the math, Minnie turned 102 one week ago.
"I think she still looks the same as she did at 80. We've celebrated all these milestone birthdays and it doesn't seem like she gets that much older," Ken Mulder said.
Her full schedule at Good Samaritan Society in Corsica is likely why Minnie stays so spry. She explains her typical morning.
"After breakfast I go to my room and I read my devotions. That takes me awhile, at least a half an hour. Then I go to the activity room and fold bibs and napkins. Then I go to the exercise room and ride the bike for 35 minutes."
Her work ethic over the years has never wavered. She's a consistent servant - whether it was taking care of her children, writing for the Corsica Globe, providing housing for teachers, or praying. This is where she finds her greatest purpose.
"Count my many blessings every day and thank the Lord every day for health and my memory and all of those things which are so wonderful."
For 102 years Minnie Mulder has modeled her greatest gifts - humility and grace.
"It's all God's grace that I am what I am. Nothing of myself because I'm no better than anyone else. But, I've had a good life and I'm feeling so well. I don't have pain. I'm better in my old age than I was in my younger age."
With a full heart and a big family to love, her son sums his mother up best - Minnie is just Minnie.
"Everybody knows great grandma Minnie. I think in turn they don't see the age thing quite so much. I sometimes think we make that up a little more. People are people and you interact with them. It's all about relationships. Whether a person is a 100 or ten doesn't' make much difference."
Regardless of age, everyone who meets Minnie loves her.
If you have an idea for a SoDak story, email Paige at email@example.com. We want to hear and tell your fascinating stories on all things South Dakota.
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