WATSONTOWN - "I've never smoked, never drank anything worse than water, and I've never said a bad word."
If that's the secret to longevity in life, Martha Sechler has it.
Martha recently turned 100 years old and celebrated her milestone at Kramm Nursing Home, 245 E. Eighth St.
Martha Sechler, Kramm Nursing Home resident, celebrated her 100th birthday at the facility.
Friends and family gathered to appreciate the living legacy.
She was presented with a plaque and a letter from state Gov. Tom Corbett, welcoming her into the "Centenarian Club." Country Cupboard, Lewisburg, donated a cake for the occasion.
Martha proudly shared the plaque with the crowd, who gave her much-deserved applause.
Born in Alliance, Ohio, on March 22, 1911, the daughter of the late Ira and Mary Auker, Martha moved to Watsontown at the age of 8. The family ran a farm and Martha and her eight siblings had daily chores there.
She married William Sechler on June 1, 1929. He passed away in 1980. Together they ran Sechler's grocery store and hoagie shop from 1950 to 1975, where they were famous for presenting the first "hoagie" to the area.
The couple also were members of The Reformed Church of McEwensville.
"Mom did all the cooking, Dad did the store. She was a great cook and very hard working," Martha's daughter, Bessy, said.
"She was a good mother, raised five good kids," son, Bill, chimed in.
"She always kept a garden," Bessy said.
"Yeah, where we had to do all the weeding!" Bill said with a laugh.
Self sufficient up until a few years ago, Martha has been a resident at Kramm's for seven years, where workers describe her as "spunky and content."
Social worker Carol Insinger said, "Martha has wonderful family support, and that may be the reason she is doing so well now. They come every day, and if one of them can't make it, they call each other to make sure someone is there."
Licensed practical nurse Nicole Waughen, who works very closely with her, said that Martha leads a pretty pleasant life.
"She bird watches at lunch, she eats ice cream any time of the day, she reads her Bible every night, and has a great sense of humor," Waughen said.
Martha's sister, Pearl Lynn, also is a resident of Kramm's.
Martha is the proud matriarch of a family consisting of five children: two sons, Bill and Paul, and three daughters, Bessy Bush, Betty Wilver and Myrtle Ranck, all of the Watsontown and McEwensville area.
She also has 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
"She looks great for being 100 years old," said Stephanie Wuedeman, head of admissions and marketing for Kramm's. "It's remarkable."
And for being 100 years old, Martha is in good health.
She still walks occasionally, she loves getting her nails done at the nursing home - she was wearing bright red for her birthday party - and she can recite her five children's names on command.
She proudly states that her favorite color is blue, and she loves lilies.
She always has a comeback for the workers' questions and when told that she is a nice person, Martha grinned widely and said, "If you say so."