SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - She lived through the depression and into the cyber age. And now Marian Walter is getting the red carpet treatment for her 106th birthday.
Staff at Merrill Gardens at Oceanside say they were shocked to learn Walter was turning 106 because she's one of the most alive, intelligent, and funny people they've ever met.
Walter was born in Brooklyn in 1913 and went on to earn a PhD. in Romance Languages and Literature at the University of North Carolina. She speaks seven languages and loved traveling the world.
"Italy has just everything in the way of art, you know? It was wonderful. I hated to leave there!" said Walter.
Her advice on staying forever-young is to work hard and never stop learning.
"Learn as much as you can under any conditions you can do it!" said Walter.
As for her birthday wish for the world, "Happiness, decentness. God wants us all to get along with one another. To help one another. To understand one another."
Walter has two daughters, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
The Mayor of Oceanside also paid a visit to Walter, honoring her with a certificate of recognition.