Albuquerque ladies celebrate 400 years of life

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A group of Albuquerque women credit coffee and a good sense of humor for making it to the century mark.

On Thursday, four ladies at Atria Vista Del Rio Assisted Living celebrated more than 400 years of life.

“I am 101,” said Fran Machacek.

“I was born 1914, December the 14,” said Jean Lucas.

The group of women have seen a lot of change in the more than 100 years they each have lived.

“I also survived Vietnam. Unfortunately, my son was killed in Vietnam, but that is life,” said Machacek.

KRQE News 13 asked the ladies what the secret is to living to 100.

“Just work, work, work and drink coffee, black coffee,” said 100-year-old Dorothy Cammon.

Cammon and the others credit caffeine and a lot of laughter to their lengthy lives.

They celebrated the major milestone on Thursday with a limo ride around the city.

For three of the ladies, the modern day luxury was a first.

“When I was a kid it was depression,” said Lucas. “If you had a date you went for a ride. If a guy was loaded, you got an ice cream cone at the end of the ride, but those were expensive. One scoop was a nickel and two scoops were a dime.”

As their birthday celebration came to an end Thursday afternoon, the women glanced out the window one last time reminded of the experiences that had led them here and the road that lies ahead.

The ladies toured Old Town, the University of New Mexico and took a special trip up to the tram during their limo ride. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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