100 Years Young in Ellsworth 

Mary Franklin is turning 100 this week.”It only happens once ya know” says Mary.Tuesday afternoon, she celebrated with friends. They put together a party perfectly suited for this birthday girl.”She likes chocolate, so we snuck in a little chocolate. We have a beautiful cake. She loves butterflies, so we’ve tried to incorporate everything in that.” says Vicki Billings-Rowell from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging and Meals on Wheels.During Mary’s 100 years, she’s done a great deal. She was born in Ellsworth. She moved to Connecticut, where she taught 6th grade for 35 years. She moved back to Ellsworth — where she taught social studies. After Mary retired, she worked for the Ellsworth American. She’s had many hobbies, including crocheting and knitting. “Mostly I was a carpenter, I built things” Mary adds.Mary still lives on her own — and if you ask anyone who knows her, they’ll tell you she’s 100 years young.”She never lets anything go by. As you can see, she doesn’t look 100 and she’s still going strong, and loves every second. She’s just a sweetheart, everybody loves her.” says Billings-RowellMary has a very unique – and sweet – secret to living long, and staying young at heart.”My secret… Everybody that asks me that I tell them I ate a lot of peanut butter.”Happy Birthday, Mary!