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SYSK: Effie Mather still active at 93 years old


by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Monday, Wednesday and Friday you'll likely find Effie Mather in the pool at the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County.

At 93 years old Mather is the oldest person in water aerobics at the Y.

"She's just a neat person," said instructor Lynda Carr.

The class Mather attends specializes in arthritis and other joint-related problems.

"I come because I don't think I'd be around if I didn't do things, and I try to be busy all the time," said Effie Mather.

Yes, she stays busy. Besides water aerobics, she plays bridge twice a week and she loves to bake.

"If I don't know what to do, I bake something for somebody," she said.

Mather often bakes for her aerobics instructor Lynda Carr.

"Mather's kind of adopted me. She brings me goodies and treats. She bakes for everyone," said Lynda Carr.

Effie Mather is originally from Ottumwa, but she's called Waterloo home for many years. She's visited the YMCA pool for about six years.

"Keeps me active. Keeps me moving my body," said Mather.

She believes these classes are her life-saver.

"Oh my goodness. Without this, I wouldn't be here. I just know that," she said.

Mather's had her share of health issues including a fractured vertebrae and heart troubles.

"She has eight stents in her heart and she keeps coming back," said Carr.

The great-great grandmother may be the oldest person in class, but she doesn't let that slow her down.

"I've lived a pretty good life. So whatever time I have I'm thankful for," said Effie Mather.

She's just happy to keep coming back to class and visiting with her friends.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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