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July 8, 2013

Plattsburgh woman celebrates century mark

PLATTSBURGH — Margaret Wells began her day with a limousine ride to mass at St. John’s Church in Plattsburgh, where she then celebrated turning 100 years old with family and friends.

“I never expected anything like this,” Wells said of her birthday party Sunday. The Plattsburgh woman’s actual birthday is today.

“People were coming in and visiting, and all too happy to see I was well,” Wells said. “I’m so thankful that I was well enough to be here today.”

Just two weeks ago, Wells had pneumonia, but she has recovered.

“Just take one day at a time,” she said. “Prayers will help.”

She still lives by herself and was driving around up until a month ago.

“I’m so thankful that I can get around and live by myself,” Wells said.

Wells also said she’s thankful that she hasn’t lived in a nursing home.

“I don’t feel a bit over 70 or 80,” she said.

Her four surviving children — Victor Wells, Peggy Banker, Marceline Kavanagh and Lillian Cook — all came to the celebration, as well as grandchildren and a nephew from Saranac Lake. Family came from as far away as New Mexico and Florida for her birthday, she said.

Wells also has great-grandchildren and a 1-year-old great-great-grandchild.

She has survived all ten of her siblings and her husband, Earl P. Wells.

“You have to take a lot in stride,” Wells said.

She married Earl in 1929 when she was 16 years old. Although he died in 1977, he’s still her sweetheart.

“I’m a little loner in the world but I’ve got the good Lord with me,” Wells said. “If you’ve got God in your life, you’re all set.”

Wells likes to keep up on news and everything going on around her, and that helps to keep her feeling young. She said it’s important to take the good with the bad.

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