While celebrating her 100th birthday Tuesday, Mary Redick said there’s no big secret for how to reach the century mark.
“I try to stay busy,” the Newark woman said. “Just live a good life. A little bit of everything.”
Redick marked the occasion with her 96-year-old sister Adeline and an assortment of other family members at VFW Post 475.
“It feels great,” Redick said. “I never thought I would make it.”
Born Mary Cox in 1919 in Netcong, N.J., she recalled a joyous childhood full of swimming, ice skating and rollerskating.
“From morning to night,” she remarked. “I roller skated every night after school.”
Redick moved to Delaware in 1936 when her father took a job at the Atlas Powder Company in Wilmington.
She met Robert Redick during a dance at the Wilmington YMCA, and the couple wed in 1941, just a few weeks before Robert shipped off to fight in World War II.
She and Robert raised nine kids, and she said Tuesday that she’s lost count of the number of grandchildren, and great-grandchildren she has.
“Such a large family, some I haven’t ever met,” she noted.
After Robert died in 1966, Redick invested in property and ran several businesses, including the Whippoorwill Inn in Conowingo, Md.
She moved to Newark’s Villa Belmont condominiums 18 years ago.
Redick is an avid fan of the Phillies and PGA golf and enjoys visiting flea markets, making beaded jewelry and collecting stamps and coins.
“She loves her family very much,” her youngest daughter, Debbie Thorson said. “Her children mean everything to her.”