Cape's Mary Whit­more

Turned 103 this year, shar­ing her se­crets

Cape Coral Living - - Cape Departments -

Mary Whit­more this year cel­e­brated birth­day 103, or nearly 38,000 days of shar­ing her sun­shine. Her ar­rival in 1914 co­in­cided with Henry Ford’s $5 work­day and Babe Ruth's pitch­ing his first game with Bos­ton. Mary was born in Pitts­burgh, lived through in­ter­est­ing pe­ri­ods in Amer­i­can his­tory, in­clud­ing Charles Lind­bergh's trans-At­lantic flight and now space travel. Her first job was with Kauf­mann’s, a prom­i­nent de­part­ment store. In her day, Mary danced, at­tended church and made clothes. She was mar­ried to Al­bert. To­day she en­joys sing-alongs, read­ing mag­a­zines and vis­it­ing the beauty par­lor to so­cial­ize with her many friends. She lives in Cape Coral in the Gulf Coast Vil­lage com­mu­nity. Mary shared her tips for longevity with Cape Coral Liv­ing mag­a­zine. CCL What has been the se­cret? Mary Whit­more: “Liv­ing a ‘nor­mal’ life, and al­ways made and ate fresh, home­made healthy meals. Af­ter school, I worked in an of­fice, so I learned the value of a good work ethic at a young age. My dad was good look­ing and my mom was pretty, so I came from good genes!” CCL Ad­vice to young­sters in their 60s? MW “En­joy good healthy food and love your fam­ily!” CCL Does keep­ing happy help us age bet­ter? MW “Yes, I’m a happy per­son, most of the time, and hap­pi­ness is im­por­tant to liv­ing well.” CCL What’s the one vice we should avoid? MW “Don’t do things in abun­dance―don't overeat, over-drink or over­work your­self!

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