first_img“It’s just amazing the history she’s seen. I mean, World War I had just ended when she was born in 1919,” said Tom Sandwick, Frances’ son. “We bake cookies and pretzels with her,” said Keaton Weed, one of her great-grandsons. Frances is turning 100 years old, and shares her birthday with Christmas. She lived at a time when women were just gaining the right to vote, lived her childhood through the Great Depression, and watched 18 presidents sit in office. To celebrate her birthday, her entire family, including her great-grandsons, spent the time reflecting on the lifelong memories they’ve shared with her. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Frances Sandwick was born December 25, 1919. This Christmas, she has another reason to celebrate. Nolan Weed, another great-grandson, described spending time with her at home, making puzzles and riding her motor scooter. To commemorate the new centenarian, the City of Binghamton declared December 25, Frances E. Sandwick day. The accomplishment, Frances says, could not have happened without her support group. center_img “To see my family. I don’t care about gifts because I don’t have a home other than here,” said Frances. “Her daily life, the way she has carried herself, the way she takes and teaches others, she’s always been the kind of person that is really focused on other people, and that has rubbed off on all of us I think,” said Tom Sandwick. “Have a nice family and lots of people,” said Frances. Her legacy, her family says, will continue to inspire others. Frances says she doesn’t have any secrets to a long life, but this Christmas, she has a lot to be grateful for. last_img