SUISUN CITY — Ellen Lipp watched man walk on the moon and the world communicate via the Internet. It’s medicine that has amazed her the most.
Lipp, who turned 100 Wednesday, is most impressed with advances in medical technology. Last year she underwent a heart-valve replacement.
“It was a new procedure,” she said. “I don’t have scars. I still can’t get it in my head how they do something like that.”
A 20-year-plus member of the Wednesday Club, Lipp was feted at Wednesday’s meeting. In addition to a rendition of “Happy Birthday” and a plant, she was presented with a decorated headband with feathers and fun jewels. Lipp wore it proudly.
The Wednesday Club had its 100th anniversary gala in 2011.
Lipp answered some questions about her life. Among them was how she got to the Fairfield area from San Francisco. It was centrally located between the Bay Area and Marysville, from where her husband hailed.
“I didn’t want to go to Marysville,” she said.
The middle of 13 children, Lipp had one sibling live to 98. Some of her younger siblings have died. Nieces and nephews became her adopted children. She didn’t have any of her own.
”I had the best of both worlds,” she said. “When I didn’t want them around any longer, I could send them back.”
Lipp worked in a variety of field over the years, from architectural design to being a beauty operator. She was in her 40s when she went to school to learn design. Until recently, she went to the gym daily. Now she exercises at home, due to balance issues. She’s also an artist who finds contentment with a paint brush and some paints.
A healthy diet is her only secret to longevity.
“Live your life,” Lipp said. “I don’t think I’ve done anything extra special. I was careful with what I ate.”
Wednesday Club member Jean Kelly couldn’t believe Lipp had hit the century mark.
“You look a lot younger,” she said.
Longtime friend Fred Spediacci drove Lipp to the Wednesday Club meeting.
“She’s a sweet young lady,” he said.
Spediacci is 85. He said he “has a long way to go” to catch up with the number of birthdays Lipp has had, but he hopes to make it.
Lipp and her husband Richard were married 45 years before he died.
“It’s been a fun life,” Lipp said. “I’m glad I’ve lived it.”
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