2014-09-19 / Letters

Sentry interviewee is inspiration

To the editor:

I was so pleased to see the fabulous article that Duke Harrington wrote about Eva Ledger. I met Eva while I was campaigning and tweeted about her the next day. I sent word to Duke and was thrilled that he followed up to write this story on her life. When I met her, I insisted that she let me notify the papers, saying that it would make for a great story. She replied, “Well, why? I don’t have anything interesting to say.”

I laughed, telling her that she had lived through both world wars, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq War and that she was even alive when the Red Sox won the World Series in 1918. How could she possibly think that she had nothing interesting to say. (Of course, I see that Duke didn’t ask her about the Red Sox, but …)

I was so impressed with how independent she is, living alone and solving all her own problems. I chuckled when we discussed her children; her oldest son is 82. Wow!

Congratulations to Duke for covering this amazing woman; she can teach us a lot about living a good life. As she told me, “Hard work and clean living” was the answer when I asked her secret to a long life. We need more stories like this to give us hope and see how rich this community truly is.

Rosemarie De Angelis
South Portland

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