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'I have no unpaid bills' Opal Goode celebrates turning 112, being debt free

Posted at 4:07 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 19:07:39-04

RIDGECREST, Calif. — Opal Goode turned 112 years old on Monday and she is still sharp as a tack and definitely full of energy.

Older than five U.S. states, the Grand Canyon National Park, and the Ford Model-T, Opal's secret to life is rather simple: "Hard work never killed anybody, get plenty of rest and eat properly," Opal told 23ABC.

An assertive piece of wisdom to say the least, but her youthful demeanor is embedded in her humor.

"I'm lucky to have this many friends, real lucky, or else they wouldn’t have anything else to do."

Opal worked at Bank of America for most of her life, which apparently paid off.

“I have no unpaid bills , so i guess that’s what I'm proud of."

Opal’s daughter Cheryl says she is lucky to have her mother’s genes.

“I'm 80-years-old, I'm healthy and have no problems and guess I have my mother’s genes,” Cheryl added. “Four grand-children, six great grand children, 10 great grand children, they would be her great great grandchildren.”

The youngest in the room, Opal's great great niece, Riley Bloxom, says she is just trying to fit in.

“When she was a hundred, I was born," Riley said. "So it’s kind of like cool for her to be old, she could be like a good history teacher.”

A fun history teacher that is, two years ago Opal was introduced to Snapchat by 23ABC’s Feven Kay . Since then, some new filters were added to the app.

Opal's family says that she is now the sixth oldest in the nation and the 59th oldest in the entire world.