While some people probably think that turning 100 years old is a significant milestone, centenarian Florence Woodard remains nonchalant about the whole affair.
“Well, I certainly don’t feel 100,” she said. “Others are making more out of this than I ever would.”
Nonchalance aside, Woodard, who celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 19, was given a party by more than 100 family and friends at the Eastgate Village Jan. 20.
“The birthday party was crowded and wonderful, I had a great time,” she said. “People were just dancing the night away and everyone had fun.”
She moved into Eastgate Village to be closer to her daughter, Dawn Carol Harsley, who lives in Amelia with her husband Bill.
Florence and her husband Gerald 'Woody' Woodard, who were married for 50 years (he died in 1988), belonged to the Eagles and for many years attended Saturday night dances.
"I have always loved to dance," she said. "At the birthday party, I was tapping my feet and clapping my hands to the rhythm. I only know that I am getting older because I can't get up and dance or walk without my walker anymore."
Being unable to walk unassisted has not slowed her down, though, and she credits her incredible longevity to an active lifestyle.
"I have always loved to swim, walk, and dance," she said. "Although recently, that has gotten a little harder for me."
Age has certainly not affected her mind in any way and she remains in good health.
Eastgate Village resident and friend Lee Geiser said that she remains a smart, wonderful, and fun person.
"Everyone loves Florence," she said. "Like the rest of us, she likes to have fun and go to parties. Being 100 looks (and obviously feels) really good on her."
Her advice to others wanting to live a century?
"Stay active," she said with no hesitation. "Do not sit at home all day watching television or whatever. Get out and do something. That is my advice to others wanting to live as long as I have."
Florence thanked everyone involved in organizing her birthday party.
"I have lived a blessed life," she said. "I would like to say thank you to all those friends and relatives, especially my new friends here at Eastgate Village, who threw me the party. I received over 50 or so cards and many well wishes. It was a fun, memorable, and wonderful evening."