Fayetteville Woman Celebrates 108th Birthday


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — A former educator who taught in Fayetteville Public Schools is celebrating her long life, after living in Arkansas more than a century.

Irma Boyer turned 108 years old on Friday, a big celebration being held at Butterfield Trail Village.

Boyer was born in 1910 in Abbott, Arkansas.

She earned her master’s degree in education and is well known for her passion of teaching.

She spent much of her career teaching in Fayetteville Public Schools,  developing reading curriculum for at risk children.

The secret to living a long life?

Her daughter, Jane Shipley, says she’s always keeping her mind and body active.

“I think the thing that has really given her the longest life is her intellectual curiosity, her interest in the world. She loves to learn. As soon as she retired she bought a very early version of a computer which was sort of a word processor. She researched and wrote two books on genealogy,” Shipley said.

Boyer has four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Shipley says her family is already planning her next birthday party.

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