Peg’s Perspective: What’s Marilyn’s key to a long, healthy, and happy life?

By June 22, 2018Our Stories

Answers from an interview with Marilyn Sells-Webb, a woman who knows how it’s done!

Marilyn Sells-Webb was born on May 10, 1915—you can do the math! (Yes, she is 103!) She is often seen spending time in the Wesley Glen lobby chatting with friends, or in the Wellness Center keeping up with her exercise routine! But my fondest memory of her is when she led the way on a community walk, as in LED THE WAY, when she was a mere 101!

When asked about the key to living a long, healthy, and happy life, Marilyn jokes that longevity is “in the genes!” Her brother lived to be 100, and two sisters lived well into their 90’s.

But, along with good genes?

Happy Friendships

She proves this tip every day at Wesley Glen as she walks around the campus putting a smile on each person’s face! Marilyn explained that she is, and always was (even from childhood), a happy person, with lots of friends. She remembers the porch from their childhood home – when it would rain, the porch would fill up with kids, and they would play games and cards.   She remembers “we always had fun.”

Hard Work   

Marilyn also credits good old-fashioned hard work. Her first job was at Kresge’s at State and High. She was paid $7 (“seven whole dollars!”) a week!  She would pay her mother $3 and keep $4 for herself.

School, Church and Music

Marilyn also remembers that she loved school and did very well. And, like others I have interviewed, music and church were a strong foundation for her.

The list of things that Marilyn loved in her life is long: singing, being at home with her three children, working, family vacations (and working some more). But, I would argue that laughing should be at the top of her list! Anyone who has met Marilyn knows that her laugh is infectious, and she laughs quite a bit!

We are lucky to have residents like Marilyn to fill our communities with happiness and joy. As she says, “We have a good life.”