Albuquerque Woman Turns 105 On The Same Day Her Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter Is Born | "I Try To Live A Good Life"

Albuquerque Woman Turns 105 On The Same Day Her Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter Is Born | "I Try To Live A Good Life"

Iva Vest saw many generations of her family grow up in front of her. She celebrated the luxurious day with the theme pink, since for Vest the color represents good health and femininity; something she focused on all her life.

For Iva Vest, July 25 was a monumental occasion for various reasons. Born on July 25, 1917, Iva turned 105 last Monday. She was also blessed with a great-great-great-granddaughter the same day. Iva told KOAT that turning 100 felt exceptional and that every birthday thereafter has seemed like a treasure. Over 70 people from Albuquerque's Los Altos Christian Church joined her to celebrate her 105th birthday. "I was very overwhelmed. Saw friends I hadn't seen for quite a while," Vest said. 



She came to the celebration wearing a pink tiara and a pink dress. Pink was the color scheme for this momentous occasion. This hue represents good health and femininity, both of which Vest has cherished throughout her lifetime. Her great-great-great-granddaughter was born on the day of her landmark birthday, thus the infant was named Iva in her honor. Vest has seen modernization develop right in front of her. She shares that since 1917, a lot has changed. When Vest was younger, not many people had vehicles. "I rode horseback to school," Vest told KOAT, recalling her childhood days. She went to a country school, which meant that all pupils in the school met in one classroom. Vest was raised on a farm in Iowa and didn't have electricity until she was 12 years old. Previously, she stated that they "used kerosene lamps and lanterns." Vest and her husband graduated from the same class in 1934. Vest and her husband have three kids and seven grandchildren in her 55-year-old marriage. Vest was fortunate enough to see them expand into two additional generations.



The centenarian was raised as a lone kid and made up several imaginary buddies. She also enjoyed playing with dolls, many of which she still has a variety of, and hopes her great-grandchildren would like them as much as she used to. Surprisingly, Vest did not offer a list of things when asked what her secret to living a long life was. Vest gave some sound advice: "Try to live a good life and eat healthy."

Vest was pleased to learn that her great-great-great-granddaughter had been born just a day before her historic birthday. Vest's birthdays get more significant as she grows older. It is rare to come across a person over the age of 100 who can remember and continue to carry on family recipes, customs, and heritage. She's given a lot of life advice throughout the years. Her daughter recalls her mother telling her, "Treat others the way you want to be treated." The 105-year-old woman personifies the adage "you are what you eat." 




1. https://www.koat.com/article/albuquerque-woman-celebrates-105th-birthday/40712357

2. https://www.wdsu.com/article/try-to-live-a-good-life-woman-celebrates-105th-birthday/40713043

3. https://news.amomama.com/293251-new-mexico-woman-turns-105-a-day-her-gre.html

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