Centenarian: Active lifestyle key to long life


Jeanette Roberts attributes her longevity to one major factor.

“Very active and on the go,” Roberts said. “Very active in organizations and doing things all the time.”

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Roberts turned 100 Nov. 4. She had a celebration Nov. 3 at MCL Restaurant in Carmel. The venue was fitting since Roberts was part of a group that frequently ate lunch together at MCL.

Roberts moved from her Carmel home to an assisted-living suite at Prairie Lakes Health Center in Noblesville in 2018.

“I have lots of friends here, it’s a good place to live,” she said. “I don’t take part in too much, but there is something going on all the time as far as activities.”

Roberts, a Carmel High School graduate, lived in Carmel for much of her life. She is a longtime member of Carmel Untied Methodist Church.

Roberts’ niece, Janet Reed, lives in New Albany and helped throw the party. Reed’s brother lives in Houston. Those are Roberts’ only two living family members, but she has plenty of friends.

“We had at least 40 to 45 people coming and going at different times at the party,” Reed said.

Reed said her aunt, who had retired from Indiana Bell many years ago, was driving until 2018.

“She traveled all over the United States,” Reed said. “She was always a very active person, loved her social life.”

Roberts late husband, Horace Roberts, was from Westfield. He died at age 66 in 1988. After living for years in Carmel, they moved to Arizona when her husband took a job as superintendent of the city bus line in Tucson.