Woman celebrating her 101st birthday says tequila is the secret to a happy life

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Some people can't even imagine making it to the end of the working week, let alone 101 years of age.

Though, that's not the case for a woman in Arizona who recently celebrated her 101st birthday. The loveable matriarch has even credited tequila with giving her a long, happy life.

Mary Flip from Chandler, Arizona, has lived through the Great Depression and World War II, seen 18 US Presidents, and experienced the world without televisions or smartphones. She was there long before our obsession with TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, but her fiery personality is as strong as ever.

Speaking to Arizona Family TV, Mary spent her early years in Illinois and revealed that her mother died when she was young. At just 15, Mary ended up becoming the only surviving member of her family.

When she turned 18, she moved to Mexico, got married, and lived a quiet life as a rancher, FOX Carolina reported. Then, upon falling pregnant, Mary returned to the USA, settling in Chicago.

Eventually becoming a mother to six children, Mary became an artist and was even recognized by the Chicago School of Art for her talents.

"I really like to draw. And I was able to figure out that things change even as you're drawing them. So, I was able to develop and make them look real. It took time but I had nothing else to do except raise a bunch of kids," she told the outlet.

When asked what her secret to a long life was, the centenarian replied: "Oh, my secret. Hmm, I don't know... Tequila."

Arizona Family TV published the story to their Twitter account, which became flooded with heartfelt comments from users wanting to congratulate Mary on her momentous birthday.

Someone commented: "Cheers and Happiest Birthday. Love your lip color, hair, smile and positive outlook!! Enjoy the day, week and new birth year !!"

"Really a blessing to live 101 years old Happy birthday," another added.

Though, others decided to take Mary's advice, declaring their intentions to stock up on booze in an effort to prolong their lives. "That’s it I'm going straight to the liquor store and buying several bottles of tequila," one user quipped.

Another simply said: "Say no more," and accompanied their tweet with a GIF of a woman downing a shot.

Well, I'm sadly not a fan of tequila myself. Surely vodka counts though, right?

Featured image credit: Jake Lyell / Alamy

Woman celebrating her 101st birthday says tequila is the secret to a happy life

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Some people can't even imagine making it to the end of the working week, let alone 101 years of age.

Though, that's not the case for a woman in Arizona who recently celebrated her 101st birthday. The loveable matriarch has even credited tequila with giving her a long, happy life.

Mary Flip from Chandler, Arizona, has lived through the Great Depression and World War II, seen 18 US Presidents, and experienced the world without televisions or smartphones. She was there long before our obsession with TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, but her fiery personality is as strong as ever.

Speaking to Arizona Family TV, Mary spent her early years in Illinois and revealed that her mother died when she was young. At just 15, Mary ended up becoming the only surviving member of her family.

When she turned 18, she moved to Mexico, got married, and lived a quiet life as a rancher, FOX Carolina reported. Then, upon falling pregnant, Mary returned to the USA, settling in Chicago.

Eventually becoming a mother to six children, Mary became an artist and was even recognized by the Chicago School of Art for her talents.

"I really like to draw. And I was able to figure out that things change even as you're drawing them. So, I was able to develop and make them look real. It took time but I had nothing else to do except raise a bunch of kids," she told the outlet.

When asked what her secret to a long life was, the centenarian replied: "Oh, my secret. Hmm, I don't know... Tequila."

Arizona Family TV published the story to their Twitter account, which became flooded with heartfelt comments from users wanting to congratulate Mary on her momentous birthday.

Someone commented: "Cheers and Happiest Birthday. Love your lip color, hair, smile and positive outlook!! Enjoy the day, week and new birth year !!"

"Really a blessing to live 101 years old Happy birthday," another added.

Though, others decided to take Mary's advice, declaring their intentions to stock up on booze in an effort to prolong their lives. "That’s it I'm going straight to the liquor store and buying several bottles of tequila," one user quipped.

Another simply said: "Say no more," and accompanied their tweet with a GIF of a woman downing a shot.

Well, I'm sadly not a fan of tequila myself. Surely vodka counts though, right?

Featured image credit: Jake Lyell / Alamy