Valley hospital volunteer Peggy Hodgson celebrates 100th birthday

GLENDALE, AZ -  For the hundredth time, a small group gathered to serenade Peggy Hodgson on her birthday.  

"Oh, I am so excited, it's a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful day," she said.

Born in New York, in 1914, she moved to Arizona in 1974 after working for years as a telephone operator. She says daily prayers, eating right, and not drinking booze have kept her healthy so far. She says passing the century-mark was no big deal for her. She still has a long way to go.

"I'm happy, and I feel like I am going to be around for a little while longer. I'm not ready to go yet, no, I'm not ready to go yet," Hodgson said.

In addition to turning 100 years old, Peggy celebrated another milestone, volunteering 8,000 hours with the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, where she has volunteered for more than 30 years.

"It's very important. It's very important. She looks forward to it every Thursday, in fact. I think that it keeps her going because she can come here and help others," her friend, Anita said.

Peggy says she'll keep volunteering adding, at her age, the hospital seems like a pretty good spot to be.

"As long as God wants me to stay on this Earth, I want to stay here. If anything happens to me, I hope I am here," she said.

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