HAPPINESS is the key to living longer, says 100-year-old Prestons resident Marjorie Allen, who celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday at Blue Hills Manor retirement village.
Ms Allen said she had been living at the village for 10 years and was touched to find the staff had organised a party in her honour.
"The celebration today has been great," she said. "Especially because I have been able to see so many familiar faces all in the one place."
Blue Hills Manor receptionist Wendy Spendir said Ms Allen did not act as though she were 100.
"I think that is because I don't smoke or drink and I am still quite active," Ms Allen said. "Happiness would be my secret — I make sure I enjoy myself every second."
Ms Spendir said Ms Allen was the eldest of three children. Her siblings have died.
"Marjorie said her brother and sister, Harry and Joan, were the brains of the family and she was the dunce," Ms Spendir said.
"Marjorie attended Campsie Primary School and by her own admission did not go any further.
"She left school at 14, and took a job with Berlei Undergarments in the city."
Ms Allen married Herbert Stone in 1937.
They were married for 66 years before Herbert died.
"Marjorie said she got tired of waiting for Herbert to propose, so she did the asking," Ms Spendir said.