The Waters of Wexford resident and Bradys Bend native Mary Cassesse was born in 1918, when World War I was coming to an end and the Spanish flu pandemic was beginning.
At that time, people wore masks in public, businesses and schools closed and the sick were quarantined.
The situation isn't much different in 2020, when Cassesse turns 102.
She celebrated her birthday Tuesday within the walls of her Warrendale retirement community because of COVID-19.
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