Lucy F. Christensen has some great news for chocolate lovers.
She says her secret to longevity has to do with eating a lot of chocolate - a lot of the time.There must be something to it because Christensen will celebrate her 101st birthday Aug. 1 in Bountiful.
Christensen was born in 1887 in Randolph, Rich County. She grew up in a Latter-day Saint home with a mother who crossed the plains at age 6 and a father whose family left its native England to gather in Utah. She recalls her childhood being filled with "hard work" and "learning."
After completing school in the eighth grade, Christensen wanted to learn to play the piano. She found a company that offered a correspondence course in piano and became proficient enough to give lessons herself. She found herself playing piano for silent movies in Randolph, recalling the exciting scores that went with story lines of fast-running trains and robbers.
Christensen said she's always enjoyed working and keeping busy. After moving to Bountiful in her late 20s, she worked at various jobs, including working as a bookkeeper, telephone operator, music teacher and a laborer at Hill Air Force Base during World War II.
"I could have gotten married 40 times, but I didn't like any of them," she said.
Her husband died about 20 years ago, but she still takes care of herself and chooses to live in her own home.
Christensen's niece, Marjean Toone, said "Aunt Lucy" always had time to share.
"She was never too busy to tend our children," Toone said. "And sometimes she'd call on a dreary January or February day and say something like, `Let's clean this kitchen up.' "
Toone said Christensen would have the kitchen sparkling in very little time, always leaving everyone a little happier.
Witnessing many changes throughout her life, Christensen said it's good to experience change in one's life.
"You have to live to meet the changes in life," she said.
And her advice for living a long life?
"I've been good to everyone and I've loved everybody," she said. "Don't quit - keep-a-going. It's better to wear out than to rust out."