In Celebrate 100, Redding author Lynn Adler tells the stories of people who\u2019ve lived a century or more, defying old age. Marion Reynolds could be one of them. She shares the positive attitude, good memory and sense of humor that keeps so many centenarians younger than their years. Ms. Reynolds recently celebrated her 102nd birthday with children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren at Wilton Meadows, where she lives. She grew up in Georgetown, the youngest of nine children. \u201cI went to Gilbert & Bennett School. There were eight children in my graduating class,\u201d she recalled. \u201cBecause there was no high school in Georgetown, we took the train to Norwalk High School. It took about three-quarters of an hour each way, but there were lots of kids, especially boys!\u201d She married Stanley Mendick shortly after graduating from high school and soon became a stay-at-home mother. Mr. Mendick was an electrician at the Gilbert & Bennett wire factory. They were married for 30 years. When he died and her youngest daughter, Janet, was 12, Ms. Renolds became a Gilbert & Bennett employee herself. Ms. Reynolds\u2019 strength and resilience are an inborn part of her personality. Her daughters Barbara Stackpole and Janet Auerbach said they can\u2019t remember their mother ever raising her voice. \u201cShe was always supportive,\u201d Janet said, \u201cshe just naturally gave us unconditional love.\u201d \u201cMaybe that\u2019s why we never argue with each other,\u201d Barbara remarked. In 1968, she married Bill Reynolds, whom she\u2019d known as a friend for years. He was a foreman at Gilbert & Bennett. It was a very happy, though brief, nine-year marriage when Bill died. \u201cWhen I told him I saw a house in Florida I loved. \u2018Did you buy it?\u2019 he said.\u201d They did buy it and Ms. Reynolds lived in Port Charlotte, Fla., for 35 years, most of them as a widow. Janet recalls, \u201cShe drove around all over the place in a red car.\u201d She drove until she was 95 and moved to North Carolina to be near Barbara and then moved to Wilton Meadows, to be near Janet, who lives in Redding. Of course, she\u2019s always asked the secret of her long life. At 100, her answer was, \u201cI kept breathing!\u201d At 102, she says, \u201cGood, clean living.\u201d Though she\u2019s hard of hearing, her memory and sense of humor show no signs of aging. Twenty-five relatives attended her brunch birthday party at Wilton Meadows, including a 4-year-old grandchild and her 8-year-old great-great-grandson from Vermont. When someone asked to photograph her, she said, \u201cThere goes the camera!\u201d The next day, she reminded Janet she hadn\u2019t left her any banana bread (made from her own handwritten recipe). Love and respect seem to be the most favorable ingredients for a long, good life. \u201cShe loves our husbands and she\u2019s never interfered with the way we bring up our children,\u201d Janet said. For a great-great-grandmother of 102, that makes Ms. Reynolds a role model.