TYLER, Texas — No matter how old you are, you're never too old for a birthday party...Especially when you're turning "100-years-young" like United States Navy veteran Penny Vieau.
Penny became a centenarian on Saturday at Atria Copeland Assisted Living Community in Tyler and shared some words of wisdom with CBS19's Payton Weidman.
"Everyone's being real nice to me, I think I'm going to have this birthday every day," Penny Vieau said with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes as she spent the day surrounded by friends and family.
To really know Penny, we have to take it back nearly 80 years when she was a Paymaster in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
"So she used to carry a .45 automatic on her hip, and with two big burly Marines to protect her," said her son, Bruce Vieau.
Penny met her husband during her time in the U.S. Armed Forces and together, the couple had four children.
"Two boys and two girls and that was great," said Penny
Her children were by her side as she celebrated this major milestone in her incredible life.
"She has a great sense of humor," said Bruce. "She's a lot of fun."
If you're wondering what Penny says helped her reach 100, she has some advice.
"Well, I think you just better enjoy what comes along and give it your best," said Penny.
Her family says they can't wait to gather again when their matriarch turns 101.