100-year-old Galloway woman still drives

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Galloway centenarian Mildred Ardito Galloway centenarian Mildred Ardito GALLOWAY  Born in Philadelphia on July 29, 1914, the day after World War I was declared by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Smithville resident Mildred Ardito has turned 100.

Ardito had lived in Vineland for many years.

She has fond memories of when she would help her husband at his veterinary practice and go ballroom dancing with him.

Ardito worked as a medical technician before going back to Philadelphia to continue her studies. She then became a laboratory director and managed labs in Pleasantville and Ocean City.

She still drives, but said she does so only if she needs to get the groceries.

“I’m too independent,” the centenarian said.

She keeps newspaper clippings, and has some from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, an event that she said still amazes her.

One piece of advice Ardito said she would like to give the youth of today would be to follow the law. For those in school, she says to study hard.

“Education is important,” she said.

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