Proud centenarian, Lillian Farnsworth, passed into the open arms of the Lord on Tuesday. Lillian, dearly loved by the staff at the Good Shepard Adult Home, was their media mascot. When asked what was the secret to living a long life, she said, "How the f__k would I know." Her interviews were often edited. At the time of passing, she was eating Cheetos in the game room when B6 was called out. Her last word was "Bingo!"
The year she stopped eating and working and talking, she devolved, draping cloth over mirrors, not brushing her teeth. She went from Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath to Anne Sexton, reading their work over and over, copying their words. A day came. She reached for a pencil... cracked egg, hot griddle. Her first poem filled two pages. She now eats oatmeal and wanton soup from the Chinese restaurant.