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Flint woman shares secrets for living to 103

Glenna Landmark and Edna Cline Glenna Landmark and Edna Cline

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - One Flint woman is having the after-Christmas celebration to remember today.

Edna Cline turned 103 last week, and today, her family and friends gathered in Flint to throw her a birthday party.

The first thing I asked Miss Edna was what it took to live to be 103.

"I ate right, I lived right, I never drank, I never smoked, never chewed tobacco," she said. "My daddy said I ate so much dirt in Oklahoma it kept me alive."

She was born on December 20, 1908 in Thomas, Oklahoma, and she'll be the first to admit she's seen a lot of changes in the last 103 years.

"And did you have television?" her daughter, Glenna Landmark, asked her.

"Television?" Miss Edna asked, laughing. "We didn't have radio. Did well to have a telephone."

She's lived through many historical events, but one of the biggest in Miss Edna's life was the Dust Bowl.

"Well it got awfully dry and you couldn't grow anything. It didn't rain. It didn't rain. And so Daddy had a big sale and he sold everything and we moved to Idaho. And my husband, he quit his job and he moved with us to Idaho," Miss Edna said. "He asked me if I'd wait for him, and I said if I don't find anybody I love anymore than you, I'll just wait for you."

She and her husband Leslie raised their two children in Idaho. He died in 1976, but Miss Edna has a large family who will be celebrating with her -- six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Miss Edna says she just has one piece of advice for those of us still trying to make it to 103.

"Just live for God," she said.

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