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Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community Honors Resident Helen Fetzer on National Centenarian’s Day

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (Sept. 23, 2019) - Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community celebrates resident Helen Fetzer, 100, on National Centenarian’s Day 2019.

National Centenarian’s Day is observed annually on September 22 to recognize and honor those who are 100 years of age or older. The day was originally proclaimed as an opportunity to listen to their life stories and learn from their wisdom. 

Fetzer, born Jan. 2, 1919 in Elizabethton, lived in the “first house on Siam Road” for most of her life before joining Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community in 2016.

She says she has no secret for a long life, but knows you can only take your life one day at a time and live it as you should. 

"I don't have any secrets, I just live it day by day. I just do what I have to do and do it right, and I read my Bible every day to see what the Lord tells me,” says Fetzer.

She believes this is the best advice she can offer the younger generations.

"Well, I think the younger generation's pretty smart. If they do the things they should do every day, they'll be okay,” says Fetzer. 

She has always had a heart for the younger generations who have given her so much joy, Fetzer says, recalling how she and her husband, John, devoted their careers to public education. In Knox County, Fetzer worked as a secretary, teacher and principal at a school which served 24 students. She later founded the first kindergarten at Elizabethton’s Keenburg Elementary, while her husband started a school for first through third grade students on Elizabethton’s East Side.  

Fetzer met her husband, who was her roommate’s brother, at Carson Newman College in 1937. They married in 1945 and have four children. 

During World War II she took the opportunity to help her country when the military allowed women volunteers to serve. Fetzer says she was affected by the number of students who were emotional over family members going to war in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She knew she had to play a role in America’s struggle. 

Fetzer credits her parents for having the most influence in her life. 

“They were poor, but they found a way to feed us. They usually had a cow, and my daddy learned to keep bees and take care of them. They gave us honey and sweetness,” Fetzer says. 

That kind of compassion has guided her throughout 100 years of giving back to her family, pupils and community, she says. 

"Mrs. Helen Fetzer is such a joy at Sycamore Springs. Her simplicity and elegance towards life is a light for all of us, and we are more than happy to honor her this Centenarian's Day,” says Rhonda Mitchell, executive director of Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community celebrates resident Helen Fetzer, 100, on National Centenarian’s Day 2019.

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About Sycamore Springs Senior Living - Elizabethton, TN

Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community is an assisted living and memory care community in Elizabethton, Tenn., that cares deeply about their residents’ dignity, security and quality of life. Conveniently located in the Tri-Cities area of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol, Tenn., Elizabethton is the quaint center of Carter County, Tenn.


Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community provides a secure, attentive, homelike atmosphere while offering a full range of helpful services to those looking for an assisted living community in Carter County. The assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care facility in Elizabethton, Tenn. is among the Tri-Cities region’s most innovative, and Sycamore Springs has been voted "Best Assisted Living Facility” for three years in a row by the Johnson City Press readers.


More information is available at (423) 518-1077 or sycamorespringssl.com.

Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community is part of a family of senior living communities throughout the Southeast owned and/or operated by Legacy Senior Living, of Cleveland, Tenn. Legacy Senior Living specializes in offering independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care services. More information is available at legacysl.net.

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