- Associated Press - Sunday, August 6, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - It is a 100-degree day and Mozelle Richardson, 103 of Oklahoma City, sits on her couch with windows open and enjoys a tennis match on the television.

“Never be afraid to do things,” Mozelle said.

She is currently learning Greek and reads every day.

The Oklahoman reports that Mozelle’s enthusiasm for life has never faded. She still ventures out on her own from her home at Mansion at Waterford to explore the city. Her mode of transportation: a scooter.

She has been known venture off for hours and has talked about trying to find a way to get to Penn Square Mall that includes sidewalks only.

“She gets on that scooter of hers and just goes forever,” said her son Jerry Richardson.

In 2004, at the ripe age of 90, Mozelle got a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in journalism after taking classes periodically throughout her life.

“A friend of mine in admissions told me that I would have to take a science class and I could graduate,” Mozelle said. “I just took whatever interested me throughout my life.”

She enrolled in a geology class and recalls becoming friends with freshman students.

“I just fell in love with every one of them,” Mozelle said.

Mozelle had a brief job working with newspapers, selling classifieds and other advertisements in Clinton.

Her secrets to a long life include enjoying a big breakfast with eggs and bacon and making sure never to miss out on breakfast.

“The breakfast will last me all day long,” Mozelle said.

While she has slacked off, Mozelle says she still enjoys a single-malt scotch with a little soda water at her son’s home. Chocolate malts are also a favorite of hers.

“She is just an inspiration,” Richardson said. “All of us children aspire to be like her.”

Travel has been a major part of Mozelle’s life. She recalls multiple trips overseas with her late husband William “Dub” Richardson.

The two met when she was in sixth grade and he was in seventh. They married on Aug. 25, 1939, just before the beginning of World War II.

Mozelle and Dub traveled to places across the world - 45 countries, by her count - including her favorite country, Kenya.

“We had lots of fun together,” Mozelle said. “I have always loved to travel.”

Her favorite trip was to Portugal, where she enjoyed long walks looking at the sights with her husband.

Over the years, she developed friendships with people in countries across the world. Several would travel to see her.

Mozelle’s spirit of traveling has never seemed to fade, with her last excursion being to Bali about 10 years ago.

Now her apartment is filled with relics of African pottery and paintings of scenes from around the world, reminding her where she has been.

“She is like the Energizer Bunny,” Richardson said. “She has given us all a sense that we can travel anywhere we want to go.”

Almost everything in her home has a story - from chairs dating back to the Civil War, to the bed on which she sleeps, which she inherited from her grandparents.

“I was born on that bed and I am going to die in that bed,” Mozelle said with a laugh.

Dub and Mozelle had four children and now she has 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Mozelle is an avid reader and wrote multiple romance and mystery books throughout her life.

“I am in bed before the sun goes down, and then I read,” Mozelle said.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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