Southern Illinois woman celebrates a milestone birthday

Southern Illinois woman celebrates a milestone birthday

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MARION (WSIL) — A Benton Woman turned 100 years old Friday.

News 3 was there for her birthday dinner at O’Charleys in Marion. That’s where her family told us about Mary Mayeski.

She’s the oldest and last remaining of five siblings, and worked as a telephone operator for much of her life. Many may know her from her more recent retail jobs in the Benton area.

She’s also a huge Cardinals fan, and watched their win Thursday night over the CUBS of all teams!

“That was a good birthday present. I said, dear Jesus, let me win one for my birthday, and I won it!” says Mayeski.

Mary’s parents both lived into their 90s. She’s not sure there’s a secret to her long life-but her daughter attributes it to genes and determination.

Happy Birthday, Ms. Mary!

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