Fort Wayne woman celebrates 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family

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Here’s an age old-question: What is the secret to a long life?

Some say eating healthy and exercising, but a Fort Wayne woman, she says the secret is not doing anything crazy. 

That woman is Hilda Caywood. She celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family on Saturday. 

“It’s sort of breathtaking. I knew they were planning something, but I didn’t know it would be like this,” Caywood said. 

Although her actual birthday isn’t until Feb. 28, Caywood’s kids threw her a birthday party at Brookside Church to celebrate the huge milestone. 

“She is a very special lady. As we see all the people coming in to share this day with her, it’s obvious how many lives she has touched throughout those hundred years,” said her son Mike Caywood.

In her 100 years, Hilda has wintessed and experienced a lot. She ran the tailor shop at Patterson Fletcher for 16 years and retired as a floor clerk from Parkview hospital. She went on to have six children, nearly 20 grandchildren, and more great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

At 100, Caywood isn’t moving as fast as she used to, but she still drives, goes to the grocery store and to her sewing groups. 

So after 100 years, what is her secret?

“Take care of yourself is number one. Don’t do something crazy you know like some people do, just take care of yourself,” Caywood explained. 

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