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Centenarian: It's all in the attitude

If you ask Margaret Grant, age is all in your attitude.

The Merrill Gardens resident celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday surrounded by family and friends.

“I like to think about things in a positive way.” Margaret said. “My advice is to live well, live a healthy life, and think about others before yourself.”

“I think she married well,” said her husband Phil on Margaret’s longevity. “The first century is the hardest.”

Margaret was born July 20, 1913, in San Diego, Calif. At age 3, her family moved to Price, Utah, where she lived for 15 years.

“I hated it. It was cold and hot and not pretty,” Margaret said of growing up in Utah. “They didn’t have palm trees or roses.”

After high school, Margaret attended San Diego State College where she studied education.

“I wanted to be a teacher,” Margaret said.

A little while later, she met and married her first husband, and had her son, Dick.

After their divorce Margaret raised her son in Sacramento working as a personnel specialist at McClellan Air Force Base.

“I enjoyed it. It paid well, and I met interesting people,” she said. “I interviewed people to find out what they did, wrote them a job description and determined what they should be paid.”

She also joked that most people were very nice to her until they found out what she decided.

“I got into a few discussions back then,” she added.

It was at McClellan in 1950 that Margaret met Phil, who was a personnel manager.

They married the next year.

“I didn’t want to give him a chance to change his mind,” Margaret said of the short engagement. “He’s very intelligent, fair, funny and entertaining. He really is a catch.”

“Despite all her shortcomings, she’s made a very good wife,” Phil joked. “She made a heck of a fish chowder. I taught her how to make it Maine style.”

Following retirement, the Grants moved to Nevada in 1995.

“I always had a garden, a vegetable and a flower garden, and I had a pretty yard.” Margaret said. “I enjoy watching sports, football and baseball. I also enjoy cooking.”

Margaret’s son, Dick, came from Ridgecrest, Calif., to celebrate his mother’s big day.

“She’s got great genes,” he said. “She’s going to go on forever.”

When asked if she could have any birthday present in the world, Margaret replied, “to live another 10 years in Merrill Gardens. That’s enough don’t you think?”

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 21, 2013 09:54AM Published Jul 23, 2013 01:50PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.