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Laura Stowe, a resident at Life Care Center of Vista, California, celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 20, 2016.


Associates at the center inducted Stowe into Life Care Centers of America’s Century Club for centenarians and presented her with a certificate and pin. Rene Best, activity director, sang “You Are So Beautiful” in honor of the occasion.


Born in Valley Center, California, Stowe grew up on the family homestead, the third generation of the original pioneers. She attended Escondido High School and married Don Stowe in 1935. Don worked in a lemon-packing house. The couple went on to have four children: twins Al and Donna in 1939, Frank in 1947 and Linda in 1950.


In 1946, Don and Laura opened a tractor sales and repair shop in Vista. They moved it to another location in town in 1959 and operated the store for 11 more years. Through all the business, however, Stowe made sure that family always came first.


When asked for her best life advice, she shared, “Enjoy your grandchildren. Love your family.”


Stowe attributes her long life to never drinking or smoking and living a healthy life