Mickey Dwyer to celebrate 100th Christmas


by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Mickey Dwyer places an ornament on her Christmas tree, which includes ornaments she has collected from all over the world during her career in the foreign service. Dwyer will turn 100 years old on Christmas Day. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

MOLLUSK—Marguerite Dwyer was busy baking cookies when I paid her a visit last week. She’d spent the day before blowing leaves off her driveway and a few days earlier had decorated her Christmas tree. Seems like minor accomplishments, until they’re put into perspective.

Dwyer, known to most as Mickey, will celebrate her 100th Christmas this week. Coincidentally, December 25 will be her 100th birthday and the night before, on Christmas Eve, she’ll sing a solo of “O Holy Night” at Bethel United Methodist Church in Lively, just as she’s done many times before.

Remarkable doesn’t begin to describe Mickey, whose only real ailments are arthritis and macular degeneration. She lives independently, still planting, weeding—with a small rototiller—harvesting a vegetable garden and doing yard work, including maintaining flower beds and removing leaves with an electric blower.

As part of the Greatest Generation, Mickey has led an exceptional life….

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