MASON CITY, Iowa - Imagine living through a few wars, and witnessing how much the world has changed through that.
There are some people in our area who have experienced just that, and are now being honored.
Elderbridge and the Iowa Department on Aging recognized the contributions of centenarians, or those who are at or over the age of 100, during a ceremony at Grace Church.
Mary Mackin is 101 years old, and has the distinction of being the first school nurse in Osage, a position she held for 22 years. She's seen so much change in the world, society, and even politics.
"Well, it's different. I can't say it's worse, but it's different than what it was. But it's still ok, I can't imagine living anyplace else."
So what is her secret to longer living?
"I guess it's just working and liking people and just enjoying life."
Those in attendance received a signed certificate by Governor Kim Reynolds.