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Revving up for another adventure

Princeton woman said the key to her longevity is to not worry ... just pray

PRINCETON — Though she doesn’t have a written “bucket list” of things she wants to accomplish in the future, Bea Durey says that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have her plans.

For one thing, the Princeton woman plans to continue traveling, with maybe a trip to the East Coast this fall and another trip to Texas next summer. She might even take another motorcycle ride, like she did earlier this summer. Durey, now 93, has no plans on slowing down.

Though some people wait until their later years to start doing the things they want to do, she’s not one of those people, Durey said.

“Every vacation that I got, I did something. I traveled a lot, and I’m so glad I didn’t wait,” Durey said. “A lot of people wait until they retire to do things but not me. I took my vacations and went places.”

Durey has been to Switzerland and on a cruise to Jamaica. She’s been to the San Blas Islands and Mexico. She’s traveled the United States to visit her kids and their families, having a daughter in California and a son in Michigan, as well as a daughter in Princeton. She has numerous photo albums from all her trips.

Earlier this summer, Durey decided she also wanted to take another motorcycle ride, like she used to do in younger years.

Thanks to Durey’s good friend, Patti Presthus, that motorcycle ride became a reality about a month ago when Presthus arranged for her son, Rich Presthus, to give Durey a motorcycle ride around Princeton.

Presthus had invited Durey to breakfast with some friends at an area restaurant, with Durey not knowing that breakfast meeting would end with her first motorcycle ride in too many years to remember, Durey said. When 37 friends showed up for breakfast, she thought that was a bit unusual but figured maybe everyone came to watch her eat, she said laughing.

Without a doubt, she was excited and pleased when she learned about her motorcycle ride around Princeton. She wasn’t a bit scared to climb on a motorcycle again; it was a lot of fun; something she would like to do again, she said.

Looking back to that day, Presthus said she was glad to plan the surprise for her friend because there’s so much she admires about Durey.

“I admire her spirit, her love of God, her personality,” Presthus said. “She’s a role model for me.”

Though in her 90s, Durey said she still has a lot to look forward. She will continue to travel as much as possible. When in town, she looks forward to her weekly Bible study and the weekly Our Table community meals. She drives herself to church on Sundays and for local shopping. She visits people in nursing homes.

When asked for her secret to her long and active life, Durey said she’s tried not to worry about things.

“Instead I pray,” Durey said.

Coupled with that advise to not worry but to pray, Durey said the best lesson she ever learned in life has been definitely to put Jesus first. She tries to follow the Bible verse to seek first the kingdom of God and all other things will be added to you.

Looking ahead to her 94th birthday in December, Durey said she supposes Presthus might plan a party or another surprise. For her part, Durey said she plans to enter her 94th year praising the Lord as always, telling people about Jesus and traveling as much as she can, with her ultimate destination of heaven.

But before that time comes ... she just might take another motorcycle ride or two.

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