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What's the secret to living 100 years? Iowa woman says 'give all the love you have'

Freda Ruleman's 100th birthday kicked off with a drive-thru parade on Tuesday. The centenarian said having strong faith and love brought her this far in life.

URBANDALE, Iowa — Living to be 100 years old is a dream many wish for but few actually get. 

Freda Ruleman celebrated the milestone on Tuesday. Due to the pandemic, her family had to get creative with the celebration.

The "Honk and Cheer" celebration circled around the centenarian while Local 5's Don Scmith asked her the question everyone wants to know: What's your secret to living to 100?

"Well, I think of having strong faith," Freda said. "Be very positive, as positive as you can about everything. And just give all the love you have to everyone you meet and your smiles, I think, are so important."

Freda has three children and lots of grandchildren— even great great grandchildren. 

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