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Chateau St. Michaels resident celebrates centennial

Dorothy Downing knows a thing or two about living a good, long life. She's done so for a century.

Dorothy Downing, who turns 100, said her secret to long life is happiness.

"I always keep busy," Downing told the Times-Herald. "I always knitted and crocheted and I did a lot of hand work. My hands were always busy, and they still are. I like to do things all of the time."

Downing, who resides in the Chateau St. Michaels, celebrates her 100th birthday today — an important milestone that she said she was looking forward to spending with her family, including two children and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Working with her hands has become trickier since arthritis set in, but Downing said she's adjusted to the changes as she has aged.

"It's quite a change in a person's life as they start to get older, but they just have to get used to it," she said. "A lot of people think that it's not a good thing, but you have to have a change. You can't do the same things every day until you die."

Downing moved into the Chateau St. Michaels in January after her doctor told her she could no longer live alone, which she had done since her husband died, she said.

While she didn't like the move at first, she said she eventually came to terms with it.

Now, she said, she focuses on the simple things.

"I like to do what I'm supposed to do and be happy. That's the main thing: I have to be happy," she said. "If you're crabby and miserable, you can't enjoy life. I do. I don't want to die — I want to live my life and enjoy it, until the day it ends."

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Organizations: Times-Herald

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