SE Mo. blind centenarian hawks her wares at craft show

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - It's been 65 years since Armintha Haws asked a neighbor to teach her to crochet.

Now 101 years old and blind for the past 30 of them, Haws continues making dish rags, dish towels and blankets in the southeast Missouri town of Bertrand. The Southeast Missourian ( ) reports that Haws hawked her goods at a Cape Girardeau craft fair over the weekend.

Haws and her husband raised 10 children. 1 of her seven daughters, Mary Martin, says crocheting is a good pastime for her mother. Martin says that because her mother had such a large family, she was always sewing.

Today, Haws devotes seven or eight hours a day to her crocheting pastime; she calls it "relaxing." The former nursing home worker insists no one should ever sit still.

Information from: Southeast Missourian,

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