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Local woman dies days before turning 110

Kasia Gregorczyk
October 18, 2017 10:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Most of us would love to live a long, healthy life. Making it to 100 years old sounds like a dream, let alone 109.

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Unfortunately, just days before she turned 110, an Albuquerque woman passed away.

Maria Colunia Segura-Metzgar loved birthdays. KOB was even there as she rang in her 105th. Over the years, KOB has even wished her a happy 100th and 108th birthday on air.

“She did like being interviewed. She enjoyed the spotlight. She liked it a lot when Steve Stucker came and talked to her,” said Carol Sandel, Segura-Metzgar’s granddaughter and caretaker.

Our cameras caught up with Segura-Metzgar when Facebook didn't recognize her age.

“The website, Facebook, wouldn't allow her to put her real age on there. It stopped at 101,” explained her grandson Anthony Segura.

Segura-Metzgar was recognized as one of Facebook’s oldest users, and shortly after that story, the age limit on the social media platform changed.

On Monday, just one week until her 110th birthday, the matriarch of six generations was honored in a proclamation by Albuquerque City Councilor Ken Sanchez.

He read about her long list of accomplishments and legacy, including 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 57 great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-grandchildren.

Sadly, just days before her family could celebrate the next big milestone, Segura-Metzgar passed away. Her family said her health had taken a turn for the worse in the last month.

Still, she had survived more than most ever would during her life.

“She had two broken hips, a broken leg, two broken legs, a broken knee and other surgeries,” Sandel explained.

Each time, though, she bounced back, even when doctors thought she wouldn't.

When asked what her secret was to a long life, she kept it simple: Eating beans and tortillas, and her faith in God.

Her family says Grandma Mary, as they called her, was a very religious woman. She loved her family more than anything and, most importantly, she was happy.

It's those things they'll carry on in her memory.

“She was just a wonderful person. She was delightful. She was fun. She loved to have a good time,” Sandel said. “She laughed every day. She laughed constantly.”

At nearly 110 years old, Maria had many friends and loved ones. There will be a celebration of life for her on Monday, her birthday, at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, located at 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW. It begins at 11 a.m.

A Rosary Service will also be held on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. 

 

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Kasia Gregorczyk

Copyright 2017 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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