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Published on February 22, 2024
Phoenix and Lake Havasu City Honor Two Local Women Turning 103 with Centenarian CelebrationsSource: Unsplash/ Nikhita Singhal

It's a remarkable week for centenarians in Arizona as both Millie Amundson and Ruby Dell Wood ring in their 103rd birthdays, milestones that few individuals are lucky enough to celebrate. Amundson, a long-time Phoenix resident, has been lauded as a family warrior, maintaining her finances down to the last penny, and still basking in the joy of games and storytelling with her numerous descendants, as Arizona's Family reported.

While Amundson cares for herself in the Valley, over in Lake Havasu City, the equally impressive Wood reminisces over a life that saw the loss of siblings and her children and a 58-year marriage that began with a chance encounter at a skating rink, according to River Scene Magazine, she attributes her longevity to coffee and a devout faith, maintaining the essence of her spirit through years of relocations, establishing numerous Sunday schools "wherever we were," a testament to her enduring connection to community and faith.

Both remarkable women watched as their families grew and times changed, with Amundson taking the role of caregiver to her own parents and siblings before celebrating her legacy that now extends through six great-great-grandchildren, her family members calling her a boon to their lives as she continues to display remarkable independence and acumen at such an advanced age.

As these centenarians mark over a century of experiences; Wood, now the lone survivor of her siblings, reflects on the friendships she cherished that faded with time, yet her sense of loss is tempered by a life steeped in love, faith, and devotion, imparting her beliefs in the power of love in marriage, "You have to really show love for each other," she told River Scene Magazine.