ADA — In 1924, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held, former president Woodrow Wilson died, and Lena Shank was born.

She likes to go just by “Lee.”

Lee was born near Martins Ferry, on the southeastern border of Ohio. She now lives at Ada’s Vancrest Assisted Living Facility.

In between, as it always goes, a lot of “the stuff of life” happened for Lee.

She met a boy, Roy, in high school in Martin’s Ferry. They became “high school sweethearts,” got married, and started having children.

Out of high school, Lee also went to “Beauty School”, got certified as a hairdresser, and practiced that for many years – as family life would allow.

Lee remembers, still quite vividly (she’s 94 years old now), the family sitting around an old Philco radio (pre-television) on Saturday nights.

She remembers as a youth listening to popular comedy shows of the time, like “Amos and Andy.” That is when her father wasn’t listening to Cleveland Indians baseball games, she smiled.

Then, eventually, came television.

“There were a lot of wholesome shows,” Lee remembered. She mentioned, as an example, the Andy Griffith Show.

“You’d never hear a cuss word, like you do today,” she lamented. “I mean, you especially don’t want children listening to that.”

Lee’s moral compass, if you will, comes from her Methodist faith that she’s had since youth. It was that faith that particularly helped her 14 years into her marriage.

The family had moved to Willard, Ohio. Roy had gotten a job at the Ford Motor Company.

One weekend while out on a friend’s boat in Lake Erie, Roy fell overboard – and drowned. The couple had three children at this point, and Lee was devastated.

Yet she soldiered through, again, with the help of her faith.

She would eventually get married again, to Milton this time. And the couple had another two children together.

Milton died in 1992, the kids grew up, and several years ago Lee moved to Vancrest to be close to some of her family.

Lee said that in her lifetime she has seen a phenomenal amount of rapid change. From the old Philco, to high-definition-TV, to a man on the moon, to driverless cars…

She said she marvels at the advancements.

Yet all these years later, in the midst of all this change, she said she continues to hold fast to one constant in her life. Her faith.

She has a Bible by her bed, attends regularly worship services at Vancrest, and prays often – while continuing to maintain quite an optimistic outlook on life.