Forever young in color!
Love the Frida socks!
Rock of Ages star
Daphne & Me
Meet Daphne Campbell, at 95 she is a rock star, baseball statistician, Purlette and most of all Pro-Ager extraordinaire. I had the pleasure of chatting with Daphne about fashion, baseball, knitting, Rock of Ages and staying forever young!
Daphne is a petite, spry woman who loves to dress in color with a bit of fun added in, notice the Frida socks in the pics! She was married twice, worked and lived in many places: Cairo, Denver, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Sacramento, Oregon and finally settled in Larkspur after her second husband past away in 1999. At that point, she put her name on the waiting list at The Redwoods, waited 5 years and finally moved in 17 years ago.
Daphne is a doer! When she moved into The Redwoods, the window sills by her apartment were in disrepair so she took it upon herself to refinish all them by her room. The problem, then the rest of the windows looked shabby so Daphne ended up refinishing 154 window sills. This is one of many projects that Daphne has taken on at The Redwoods.
Before moving in The Redwoods, Daphne was a lookout ranger on Mt. Tam. At 75, she would hike up to the look out station once a week covering for the full time ranger who would have the day off. Being the only woman, this volunteer post only lasted a year but boy was it fun while it lasted.
Daphne has many activities that keep her busy these days, The Rock of Ages singing group (video below) practices once a week for two hours. All the singers live at The Redwoods ranging in age 70-95 (Daphne being the oldest). They do 33 concerts a year and have over 93 songs in their repertoire. Rock the Ages’ repertoire covers hit songs from the 1960s to present including The Beatles, James Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Jason Mraz, Pharell and more.
Daphne is a member of the Purrlettes + 1 for Sarah Oliver bags. The Purlettes + 1 are the backbone of Sarah Oliver handbags. They are the coolest, most inspiring group of men and women – average age 88. The founding group nicknamed themselves The Purlettes +1, so named for their “knit one, purl two” expertise, as well as the pearls of wisdom they impart. The + 1 represents the sole male knitter.
Baseball is a huge part of Daphne’s life, you might say she’s a fanatic! She keeps stat’s for ALL the baseball teams and has for many years. She inspired her friends and family to follow her lead and many have become great statisticians. She watches and listens to many games a week, as you might have guessed.
Easy to see why Daphne inspires so many to stay forever young. Her niece recently told Daphne, “Auntie, I want to be just like you when I grow up!” – her niece is almost 70!!