I would love to interview the oldest living american born in 1899. The stories she could tell! Happy 115th Birthday Ms. Talley!
“Mother Talley,” as she’s sometimes called, celebrates her birthday Friday. Born in 1899, the supercentenarian has seen three centuries, and still seems to be going strong. According to the Associated Press, she’s visiting the doctor Friday, but still feels healthy.
The Gerontology Research Group keeps a record of the validated longest-living people in the world. According to the GRG, Misao Okawa, who is 116 and lives in Japan, is the oldest living person. Talley is a close second.
Talley lives in Inkster, Mich. but was born Jeralean Kurtz in Montrose, Ga. She lived on a farm where she picked cotton and peanuts, according to Time. She moved to Michigan in 1935 and married her husband, Alfred Talley, in 1936. The two were together 52 years before he died.
It’s not surprising that Talley gained some wisdom over her 115 years. Here are some of her simple, but timeless, words to live by.
- Follow the Golden Rule.
- Always have a sense of humor.
- Keep active.
- But don’t be afraid to occasionally indulge.
- Have strong beliefs.
- Surround yourself with loved ones.
- Be humble, and act wisely.
What great advice to live by. To read more on Ms. Talley 115th Birthday check out the full story and video on the HuffingtonPost click here.