November 2nd was a special day for a Mary Flip in Arizona because she celebrated her 101st birthday. Born in 1921, She lived through the Great Depression, multiple wars, had six kids and still maintains her wit and sense of humor. “How do you feel, Mom?” asked Mary’s daughter. “With my hand,” she replied, chuckling.
Mary Flip, born in Illinois, spent her early years living through the Great Depression. Flip’s sister and mother died early in her life, and she was the only survivor of her family at age 15. But she soon went on to carry her family legacy.
But even before then, her life had many interesting twists and turns. At 18, she moved to Mexico, got married, and lived a quiet life as a rancher. Then, once pregnant with her firstborn, she moved back to Chicago, where she switched careers again and became an artist, even recognized by the Chicago School of Art.
With so many years of life behind her, she says the best ones are still ahead, with the help of a little secret. “She asked what your secret to life is…to make it good. Your secret,” asked Flip’s daughter. “Oh, my secret. Hmm, I don’t know. Tequila,” Flip replied.
She’s celebrating a century and a year with her favorite beer, Guinness, and dancing. “Oh, I’ll get up on the table,” Flip said.