113-Year-Old Celebrates Her Birthday At Vandalia Center
As the song says, “Celebrate good times….come on” and the party was in full swing for Susannah Mushatt Jones, better known as Miss Susie, for turning an incredible 113 years old. Held at the Vandalia Senior Center on Thursday, July 12th, family, friends, staffers and well wishers gathered around to celebrate the historic milestone.
Miss Susie was escorted in her wheelchair by Councilman Charles Barron and his wife, Assemblywoman Inez Barron, and took her place center stage. She received a plethora of well wishes and citations for her amazing accomplishment. Of course the question on everyone’s minds was, “What’s your secret to living so long?”
According to family, Miss Susie has led a straight-edge lifestyle, having never had a drink or smoked.
While mostly bedridden, the now blind centenarian maintains her sense of humor. Jean Quick, of the Visiting Nurses Association of Brooklyn, relayed a story illustrating Miss Susie’s quick wit. Noting how pretty she looked one morning, Quick asked if Miss Susie had any plans for a hot date. “Do you have a man for me?” replied the sharp minded senior.
Susannah Mushatt Jones was born on July 6, 1899 in Lowndes County, Alabama, during the Presidency of William McKinley. The third of eleven children, Jones was married in 1928, but divorced her husband. Never having had any children of her own, Miss Susie has more than 100 nephews and nieces, however. She spent her life working on both the East and West Coast before finally retiring here in 1965.
As the party continued, the crowd showered her with floral arrangements, handmade cards from children, and presented her with a delicious looking cake. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all came when fellow Vandalia Houses resident, Gavina Guadara — a youngster of 101-years-old — sweetly sang her a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”