Oct 19, 2010 11:23 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

One woman's 100th birthday wish

Close to two dozen sets of eyes were watching Marian Courter on Tuesday afternoon when she visited Lockheed Martin's facility near Interquest and I-25. Why? It was her wish for her one hundredth birthday to have lunch at the place where she loved to work.

"[I wanted] just to see how they're running the company," she laughs.

Marian Courter worked on Lockheed Martin's assembly line during World War II in Burbank, California. Her family members say that she is a self-proclaimed Rosie the Riveter. In total, Courter worked twenty-two years for the company before retiring and moving to Colorado Springs in the late 1980s.

One of the best parts about working for Lockheed, "They treated women the same as men, money wise, for the same identical job; and what a man has, the woman got equal pay," she says.

After singing Happy Birthday, Lockheed Vice President Cliff Spier presented her with a special gift and even Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera honored Courter's work efforts with a personalized letter.

Courter's secret to living one hundred years, "Watch your diet and be honest. Don't ever tell a lie, not a tiny one or a big. Never tell a lie."

Ms. Courter's niece, Pat Henning, along with her two daughters, Mary Henning and Deborah Bougdanos flew from Chicago for the celebration. They mentioned that Courter lived on her own up until January of 2010 before moving into a senior living community in Colorado Springs.


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