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Five generations gather in the Highland Lakes for special 103rd birthday

Clara Nagel celebrated her 103rd birthday on Jan. 27. Last fall, she was joined by four generations of her family. Pictured are Patrick Gibson (back, left), holding his daughter Tegan, Nancy Buchanan, Erna Robinson, Mason Gibson (front, left), and Nagel. Courtesy photo

MARBLE FALLS — As often as Nancy Buchanan can, she takes her grandkids to see her own grandmother Clara Nagel.

“I try to do that as often as I can,” Buchanan said. “It’s so important.”

Last November, the family gathered in the Highland Lakes, and when they looked around, with Nagel there, they had five generations present.

“Having us all together then, it meant everything,” Buchanan said. “How many people can do that, experience something like that.”

If that wasn’t incredible enough, on Jan. 27, Nagel celebrated her 103rd birthday. Think about that for a moment. She was born in 1914. Nagel was born before World War I started (it began July 28, 1914). She’s witnessed an amazing amount of history and changes during her years.

Despite her age, Buchanan said Nagel is still very independent, though she now lives in an assisted-living residence in Fredericksburg.

“As a family, we try to get together as often as we can, but, you know, it’s not as easy,” Buchanan said. “When we had five generations together, that really meant a lot to all of us.”

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