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Welcome to the centenarian club, Mattie


February 14, 2018

Mattie Martin with some birthday cards. Martin turned 100 on Feb. 7, and celebrated with friends and family.

The odds of living to be 100 are not very high.

According to the U.S. Census Special Report on Centenarians, there were 53,364 centenarians in the United States in 2010, or about 1.73 per 10,000 people.

Not great odds.

Combine those odds with serving in the Navy in WWII?

I’m no mathematician or odds maker, but I can probably assume the percentage would get far worse.

Someone who beat all those odds and joined the centenarian club is Mukilteo’s own Mattie Martin, who, on Feb. 7, joined members like Bob Hope, Beverly Cleary and George Burns in living to 100 years old.

Martin has liv...

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