Still, none of this harsh criticism seemed to affect Scheel, whose strengths were rooted in her courage and confidence. She allegedly stated that she “did not know what fear is” and believed that women would be happier if they could get over their fear of things.
Scheel lived a long life, despite having that out of-sorts BMI. A recent New York Times article reported Scheel died in Florida in 1979, three days before her 91st birthday, shortly after undergoing surgery for a perforated bowel. Her family credited her long life with her attitude and healthy habits. Her granddaughter, who told the New York Times that Scheel never took an aspirin or a Tylenol, doesn’t remember her grandmother ever being sick or being hospitalized until the time she died. Rather, she was lively and indulged in her hobbies of stamp collecting and writing for a Florida newspaper, and even driving late in her life.
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Which leads one to wonder, maybe Scheel really was the perfect woman? It depends on how you define perfect — but a strong, confident, educated, service-oriented woman who led a long, happy and healthy life complete with the love of family sounds pretty perfect to me. The lesson we can learn from Scheel’s perfection is simple: be confident in who you are, take care of your body and mind and live and love your life.
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How do you define perfect?