FAIRFIELD — Mary Teeters has joined the fastest growing population in the country. She turned 100 on Feb. 15.
She is one of approximately 6,000 centenarians who call California home, and in a group that jumped 66 percent between 1980 and 2010. During the same time, the total population increased 36 percent.
Born in Walnut Creek, Teeters spent most of her life in Vacaville. She moved into Lily’s Care Home in Fairfield about three years ago.
Legally blind because of macular degeneration, Teeters quickly learned her way around the board-and-care home.
“She’s a pretty lady,” said Lily Bonifacio, who operates the home where Teeters lives. “She likes to sing.”
Dressed in red, complete with matching lipstick, Teeters broke into a song in Portuguese.
“Everybody wanted to sing that,” she said of the tune.
She also showcased her vocal talents on Xavier Cugat’s “The Lady in Red” showcasing the lyrics:
“Fellows are crazy for the lady in red. She’s a bit gaudy, but laudy. what a personality.”
She spent many years working at the C&H Sugar Cane Inc. in Rodeo, packing brown and white sugar, she said.
Teeters was married once and divorced her spouse.
“He was mean to me,” she said. “I let him go.”
She admitted to a preference for tall men.
A small party marked her birthday. Three cakes and barbecue were served. Teeters loved the attention, Bonifacio said.
Just a few days before the celebration, Teeters was hospitalized with pneumonia.
Teeters had a sister who lived to be 90, according to their nephew Jules Rowell of Rodeo. He credits Teeters’ healthy lifestyle with helping her reach the century mark.
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