Blue Water Lodge centenarian celebrates another milestone in stride
Members of the “centenarian club” are those lucky enough to celebrate at least 100 years of life. In Fort Gratiot, Mich., Blue Water Lodge’s own Gretta Clark turned 103 on November 16, 2014, qualifying her as one of the group’s seasoned veterans.
Born in Walaceburg, Ontario, Canada, Gretta credits her longevity to an active lifestyle that has continued well past the centenarian mark: “I have always been very active. I like to do sports, always like to walk, [and] ride the bicycle.”
Combine her active lifestyle, affinity for dark chocolate, and blessings from the Lord, and one has a recipe for longevity that is simple to follow.
A business school graduate, Gretta worked as a secretary before she married the love of her life, Glenn, in 1940. From that point on, the family only blossomed. Her two children led to seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and even five great-great-grandchildren.
While Gretta may have just turned 103, she will be the first to tell you age is the last thing on her mind. When people insist a 103rd birthday necessitates a celebration, Gretta is quick to remind everyone that she rarely thinks of her age.
Even though she does not feel 103, she does have some advice for those aspiring for a life as long and fulfilling as hers. In addition to regular doses of chocolate, she prescribes being happy, not whining, and getting lots of hugs. With such a vibrant outlook on life, no wonder Gretta Clark is still going strong!
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