NEW PROVIDENCE, Pa. -- Milly Leisey's secret to being a spry and limber 100-year-old is "drink a lot of coffee."
Born Aug. 20, 1913, Ms. Leisey spent most of her childhood in Elizabethtown, where she attended eight years of school until her family of six moved to Lancaster in 1927.
"That was back in the trolley days," Ms. Leisey said. "It took an hour and 15 minutes to drive from Elizabethtown to Lancaster."
Now she lives in New Providence in a cozy red cabin with her niece, Linda Geist.
"We're an odd couple," Ms. Leisey said of herself and Ms. Geist with an infectious laugh that filled the room.
The two do everything together, but that isn't the only thing that keeps Ms. Leisey sharp.
"If I can't pronounce a word in a crossword puzzle, I'll spell it to her, and just by listening she knows exactly what the word is," Ms. Geist said. "She knows what it means."
Ms. Leisey used to live with her son in North Carolina before he died at age 53, three years ago.
It was then that she came to live with Ms. Geist, who was living alone after her husband died in 2008.
Since moving in together, the pair said they are often mistaken for mother and daughter.
Ms. Leisey spends most of her days singing or practicing with the singing group Sweet Adelines as well as visiting family and neighbors.
"We're kept busy," Ms. Leisey said. "I don't sit and rock half the day, oh no."
Ms. Geist described Ms. Leisey as the life of any party, recalling a recent Christmas gathering.
"This house was filled from the fireplace all the way to the back of the living room and the kitchen with young people singing Christmas carols to her," Ms. Geist said.
"I like people," Ms. Leisey said.
And her niece added, "Everybody loves Milly."
The upkeep for Ms. Leisey is minimal. She takes only vitamins and a blood pressure pill.
"And her hair is her natural color," Ms. Geist said. It's light brown.
"I am an odd person," Ms. Leisey said.
She doesn't restrict her diet, eating whatever strikes her fancy. She received quite a bit of chocolate for her birthday and a 3-pound coffee cake.
Her favorite meal is breakfast: omelets, scrapple and pancakes in particular. Her favorite place to eat all of this is the Quarryville Family Restaurant.
When she isn't out and about, Ms. Leisey likes to watch her favorite TV show, "Perry Mason."
"And movies; I love 'Casablanca,' " she said. "And 'Shane' -- country/western. That's the best one I ever saw."
After 40 years in the workforce, she offers this advice: "A little hard work never hurt anyone."