Wilma Kendrick, a resident of The Samarkand retirement community, celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday with a lei around her neck, a huge chocolate cake in front of her, and family and friends at her side. Her memories include a 32-year love affair with a salmon-pink 1956 Ford Thunderbird. When the odometer rolled over to 100,000 miles, she stopped in the middle of a street in the Upper East Side and started honking the horn. Kendrick arrived in Santa Barbara in 1956 and took up interests that have sustained her since — birding with the Audubon Society, and volunteering with the League of Women Voters and the Santa Barbara Art Museum. She says the keys to longevity and happiness are simple. For longevity, “eat properly.” For happiness, “take things as they come.”