Woman who worked for Manhattan Project dubbed ‘super senior’

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IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — Wednesday is National Senior Citizens Day and Visiting Angels is honoring super senors as superheroes for the work they have done in their lives.

Visiting Angels honored 94-year-old Jennie Nevels from Irondale with the super senior award. Nevels was surprised with a WonderWoman cape and crown to recognize her as a superhero.

“It’s a great day. We senior citizens need something to honor us,” said Nevels. “If you’ve lived this long you need something.” 

Nevels worked for what is known as the Manhattan Project. She spent four years during the 1940s as a timekeeper at the Oak Ridge, Tennesee facility where the first nuclear weapon was made. Nevels says her time there was built on secrecy.

“Not knowing what you were doing at all. Nobody knew what you were doing,” said Nevels. “The scientist knew what they were doing, and they were the only ones who ever knew what was happening at that particular time.” 

Nevels says her favorite memory from her time at the Manhattan Project was meeting her husband who has since passed away. She credits her loved ones and faith for making it to 94-years-old despite a Leukemia diagnosis. Nevel says all senior citizens deserve to be recognized.

“If we as super citizens could kind of help again. If they would listen to we older people they would be better off,” said Nevels.

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