Tripp celebrates 100 years

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Elinor Tripp turned 100 on Aug. 18. She was born in Marshall, Colo., south of Boulder.

Submitted photo: Elinor Tripp celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 18.

In the early 1940s she and husband Don moved to Pasadena, Calif., where she stayed until 1952, and then moved to El Paso where they ran miniature golf courses until 1959. From El Paso they moved to Ruidoso and opened a small jewelry store and Mexican restaurant.

In 1963 the family moved to Socorro and opened a jewelry store in the La Villa shopping center, and moved twice to the Bangerter Building, and then to the adobe plaza shopping center. She lost her husband in 1987, and she operated the jewelry store until 2007. She has two children, Karen and Don, two grandchildren, Don Tripp III and Kimberly Tripp-Gonzales, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

According to her son, Don, Elinor loved Beta Sigma Phi in Socorro and was a very active life long member at New Mexico Tech.

She enjoyed gardening.

“She spent most of her life working long hours,” Don said. “She took good care of herself and ate all the right things, fruits and vegetables and no sweets, except for her favorite chocolate covered strawberries.”

To celebrate her 100th birthday, she and other residents at Good Samaritan enjoyed cake on Saturday.