- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - As her 100th birthday approaches, Lucretia Green credits good eating habits, including plenty of carrots, for her longevity, but others think her approach to life plays an even bigger part.

And there’s her love of music, demonstrated most clearly by the Sunday piano concerts she still gives to residents and guests at her senior living center.

“You’re always listening whenever you hear a tune so you know very well you are picking up something,” said Green, who will turn 100 on June 4.

Green told the Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/1i0o4vk ) that music keeps her mind sharp. She’s been playing for most of her life.

“I was the first one of five girls and my mother was a piano teacher so I started to play about the time I was born,” Green said.

Her favorite songs are spirituals, such as “How Great Thou Art.”

Green said her eating habits also have helped. She loves carrots and always keeps some in her refrigerator.

“I know very well that’s not the only reason why, but then I didn’t spoil myself eating a lot of crap,” she said.

And then there is her knitting, including prayer shawls that go to First Presbyterian Church in Mason City.

“I knit, knit, knit. In fact, my dark pants have lint all over them today,” she said.

Green and her husband George had three sons and a daughter. She’s lived at the senior center, called The Willows, for nine years. Her husband died four years ago.

Stephanie Harmon, office manager at The Willows, said Green’s attitude impresses her.

“She is a remarkable person and maybe she is 99 because she has kept active, has a great attitude,” Harmon said.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/