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From Spanish Flu to COVID-19: Chico woman celebrates 102nd birthday

Mary Moser plans to survive her second pandemic.

Posted: Apr 21, 2020 11:21 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2020 2:55 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Mary Moser turned 102-years-old Tuesday.

Family, friends, and even strangers came out to celebrate with a safe birthday parade.

“I had no idea what they were planning for my birthday today,” said Mary. “If I would’ve known I would’ve said, ‘no, no, no, no, no I don’t want all that fuss,’ but I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“It was wonderful," Mary said. "Why wouldn’t you enjoy seeing people who meant so much to you during your life.”

Mary moved to Chico in 1958 and worked as a secretary at Sierra View Elementary for nearly 20 years.

Her former principal and students even came out to see her.

I’m really impressed with somebody that can be here for 102 years and have so many people that care about her and love her,” said Mary's son Dann Moser.

The parade was a month in the making. All, for Mimi who plans to survive her second pandemic.

“I was born during the Spanish Flu," Mary said. "I was born in 1918."

The Spanish Influenza claimed nearly 50 million lives worldwide. Mimi’s mother and 16-year-old brother were among those who died from the Spanish Flu.

“I was nine-months-old, so I remember it," Mary said. "It’s been a reminder all my life.”

But that past never dimmed Mimi’s light. We asked her what her secret was: "Oh, I don’t know, I don’t have any magic words for you. Just lead a good life, keep busy, and work,” said Moser.

Happy Birthday, Mary Moser!

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