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Five generations of family celebrates Thanksgiving together

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Many people say they're thankful for family on Thanksgiving, but today is especially meaningful for one family in Ooltewah.

At the Kruse family Thanksgiving, five generations sit at the table -- from ages two to 102.

Geraldine Kruse, 102, has lived with family in Ootelwah for the last four years. A widow since the 1960s, Geraldine says she's ready to go back home to South Dakota.

"I'll be there for Christmas," she said.

That means Thursday's celebration is a special one.

"This is probably the last holiday that all five generations will be together," said granddaughter, April Lewis.

This Thanksgiving, one of Geraldine's final wishes is coming true.

"You're going home to South Dakota tomorrow," Geraldine's son, Claud, told her.

Claud, in his 70s, wanted to keep it a surprise.

"We knew she'd be saying, 'Are they here yet? Are they here yet?'" he laughed.

April told Channel 3 that it's tough seeing her grandmother go, but that she's thankful for every holiday they've had together.

"We don't know how many more [holidays] she has, but they won't be here with us," she said.

All ages gathering together this time is a special gift, especially for the youngest generations.

"They can see where our family came from; where we came from," said great-grandson, Kelly Lewis.

While laughing and sharing stories over dinner, the Kruse's are celebrating a happy Thanksgiving -- and an even happier life.

"I couldn't be more blessed than I am," said Geraldine.

For those who are wondering, she has 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren -- and that's just on the Kruse side of the family.

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