Lochia Bell Dunn turns 103

Lochia Bell Dunn of Steubenville is celebrating her 103rd birthday today with family and friends.

She was born Jan. 10, 1910, in Landisburg, W.Va. She and her husband, the late Walter J. “Buss” Dunn, were married on March 29, 1929. They had two sons, Walter F. Dunn of Wintersville and Robert Lee Dunn of Mariucopa, Ariz. They have four grandchildren, one of whom is deceased.

She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse that combined grades one through eight. She walked 3 miles to get to school and would milk the cows before heading to her daily classes.

Among her interests is spending time with family. She and her husband enjoyed many years of traveling and camping all over the United States. Her hobbies have included sewing, knitting, making crafts, cooking and baking, and growing plants and flowers.

Dunn worked in a gas station pumping gas and taking care of the station’s books. A 4-H adviser for 11 years, she also worked for Weir Cove Dairy during World War II, delivering meals to Weirton Steel workers.

Two special memories for Dunn include writing to “Taste of Home” magazine to request a special yellow cake recipe she had once used and loved and receiving nearly 1,000 responses from readers who obliged. Her other special memory came on her 100th birthday, being among the centenarians acknowledged by Willard Scott of the “Today Show,” who commented on how she credited her longevity to eating sweets.