CASA GRANDE — As Marge Brackett celebrated her 100th birthday this week, she didn’t have much advice for younger generations, but she’s happy to share her secret for feeling young and staying vibrant — plenty of avocados, walnuts and margaritas.
“I eat walnuts and avocados every day,” she said. “And I drink margaritas whenever I can. I think that’s why I’m still healthy.”
Brackett turned 100 on Monday. The retired teacher celebrated her birthday with a party that included her two daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
“They’re all coming,” she said last week. “Some are coming from New York.”
Brackett spent more than 30 years as a teacher. Although she taught in Montana, North Dakota and Michigan, much of her career was spent teaching in Casa Grande.
She was a teacher at Casa Grande Junior High School from about 1962 until 1981.
“I taught advanced reading, social studies and home ec,” she said. “I had a good time teaching. I enjoyed it.”
Her husband, the late Bob Brackett, taught at Casa Grande Union High School.
“At the time, a wife couldn’t teach at the same school as her husband, so he taught high school and I taught junior high,” she said.
Brackett said she often sees her former students around town and she always enjoys visiting with them.
“They always come up and say hi to me,” she said. “I think it’s nice they remember me.”
Celebrating her 100th birthday is somewhat surreal, she said.
“I don’t think of myself as 100,” she said. “I just go day to day doing what I love to do.”
She spends much of her time on her favorite hobbies, reading, dancing, playing bridge and following politics.
“I love staying up-to-date with politics and knowing what’s going on. I’ve always liked history,” she said.
She also volunteers when she can and over the years has been involved with the Valley Humane Society, Friends of the Library and other causes.
Her husband died in 2007.
Marge and Bob met in Glasgow, Montana. They married in 1949 in Crosby, North Dakota, and were married for 58 years.
A teaching position at Casa Grande Union for Bob brought the couple to Casa Grande in the 1960s.
As a couple, Bob and Marge enjoyed traveling, gardening and dancing.
On her birthday, Marge said, she planned to dance.
“Oh yes, we will be dancing at my birthday party,” she said.