Indiana woman celebrates century of life


by Michaela MacDonald

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 6:19 PM

MARYSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Marysville, Indiana woman has hit an incredible milestone.

Mary Florence Clapp turned 100 years old and is still going strong.

She was born in Nabb and now lives with family in Marysville. Her late husband, George Clapp, was county sheriff for eight years back in the 1970s and she served under him as a deputy matron.

"You have a lot of experience living all these years, some you’d like to forget, some you still like to think about," Clapp said.

As a sheriff’s matron, Mary Florence would take care of female and juvenile prisoners.

"He was called out all hours of the night and if they needed a woman, if there were women involved, I would have to go along," she said.

Clapp is the matriarch of five generations. She has one son, four grandkids, six great grandkids and two great-great grandkids.

"They are great. They are just like normal grandkids, they were all here. I loved every one of them. Still do. Always will," she said.

We asked her the secret to reaching 100. Her answer was to leave time for music and stay organized.

"Tell them to write down everything, because your mind doesn't stay alert like it does when you're young," she said.

Clapp's family is planning a birthday celebration for her big day.