A nod of thanks for her service

Catherine Anthony has lived in her home in western Independence for 71 years, more than 60 of which have been after her husband’s death.

Still, her home will now feel a little new.

David Todd of Integrity Roofing, Siding and Windows talks to Catherine Anthony as workers 71 years old install a new roof in Western Independence on Tuesday.  Anthony, a World War II veteran of the US Navy Reserves, recently turned 100.

A team from Integrity Roofing, Siding and Windows arrived Tuesday morning to install a new shingle roof on Anthony’s home, thanks to a partnership with Owens Corning and Purple Heart Homes.

Owens Corning has installed new roofs for more than 270 military personnel since 2016 through his rooftop project. Purple Heart Homes is a national non-profit organization that provides housing solutions for disabled and aging veterans. A separate crew would clean and repaint the exterior walls of the house later in the week.

Anthony, who turned 100 in May, served as a nurse in the US Navy Reserves during World War II. Her husband Denton served in the Pacific. They married in October 1945 after he returned from abroad.

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