99-Year-Old Woman Who Almost Became A Nun, Welcomes Her 100th Great-Grandchild

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We give a big value to the number 100. It’s a big number that signifies the end of a century, the maximum life span of a person, a milestone anniversary, or for some people, their number of grandchildren.

In fact, A 99-year-old woman welcomed her 100th great-grandchild just a few months before her 100th birthday. Her dream of having a big family knew no bounds and as she lived to see 100, she opened her arms to hug her 100th descendant.

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Dreams Turned Into Reality

Peg and her late husband William knew when they met that they wanted for their blood line to run long. This would be their legacy. “I wanted to have a big family,” explains Peg. She expressed that it is “difficult” to be an only child so she went to the other extreme so that no member of her family would know the feeling of loneliness.

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Christine Stokes Balster
Christine Stokes Balster

She had 11 children of her own. As they grew up and multiplied, they had their own 56 grandchildren, who in turn provided Peg with 100 great-grandchildren all before her 100th birthday. The family welcomes each child with great joy. Peg herself says that is “absolutely ecstatic” about the most recent birth and considers herself extremely lucky” for getting the chance to hold the baby.

Uncertain Times

The honor to be the 100th grandchild was highly valued by the family. When it was time to occupy it, two mothers were in the running to give birth around the same time. Christine Stokes Balster who gave birth first explained that she and her cousin Colleen were due to give birth around the same time and that neither knew which would be the 100th.

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“It was a race to 100. My cousin Colleen and I were just a day apart [for] our due dates, and she had the 99th great-grandchild, who is absolutely healthy and beautiful,” Christine said. She added that they are “just grateful, blessed to have another few babies joining this great family.”

Lucky Number 100

When the child was finally born, the family couldn’t wait to introduce him to his great-grandmother, the source that gave life to the line of descendants that brought him into the world. “We went to grandmom’s, introduced her to Koller, “She was absolutely ecstatic. Limited words for sure. She was just so happy and felt so blessed and lucky to be holding him.

Marguerite Koller's many descendants (
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You would think that after the first set of babies, the feeling would get old, but it never did for Peg: “You could feel the emotion and the gratitude and [she] just felt blessed again that she got to hold yet another great-grandbaby, and this one named after my grandfather.”

A Special Name

There was something extra special about the 100th baby. His parents had named him Koller, after his late great grandfather. They explain that they wanted for his to be meaningful: “We wanted to do like a name that was equally significant…I’ve always loved the name Cole. And Chris one day was like, ‘Hey, how about Koller? This could be baby number 100 for great-grandmom.’

Koller was all smiles meeting her 100th great-grandchild, a baby boy named Koller William Balster, after her late husband, William Koller. The two are pictured here with Koller's parents, Christine Stokes Balster and Patrick Balster.
Christine Stokes Balster
Christine Stokes Balster

The family landed on the name William Koller which was the same name once held by Peg Koller’s late husband. The parents even managed to their baby’s name a secret until after he was born.

A Twist In Fate

Despite their long line of descendants, Peg’s future ended up looking a lot different than she once had imagined. In fact, it almost never existed. There was a time when as a young woman, Peg had her heart set on a childless life in a convent, where she was planning to become a nun.

Marguerite Koller and husband William with some of their 11 children
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Image: NBC 10 Philadelphia

However, when Peg met her husband and fell in love with him, he convinced her to get married and start a family instead. Instead of never having children, she had 11 of them.

The Secret To A Long And Happy Life

In the end, Peg and William had so many children that it was almost impossible to get everyone in the same place at the same time. The family gets together for big events in “heats” so that everyone has a chance to mingle and get quality together.

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Peg Koller will turn 100 and she attributes the secret to her long and prosperous life to working out and the love and support of her family. She can proudly say that she is lived a long and happy life, bringing the same sentiment to her 100 descendants.

The Strongest Bond

Family and love kept Peg living each day to the fullest, no matter how old she was: “Faith and family really get her going,” explains one of the children, “She is present no matter what is going on and however old she is. I mean she never misses graduation, a baptism, a wedding, a book moment at grade school. Whatever it is, she’s always there.”

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Aria Misty

Aria Misty is a recent university grad. She did her undergrad in media, information & technoculture with a Master in Journalism & Communications in 2018.

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