Texas’ oldest woman who never drinks, smokes or eats fast food celebrates her 114th birthday – with her 94-year-old daughter by her side
Texas’ oldest woman, who says she never smokes, drinks or eats takeout, celebrated her monumental 114th birthday – and she looks remarkable.
Photos have emerged of Elizabeth Francis, from Houston, looking absolutely beaming as she celebrates alongside five generations of her family, including her 94-year-old daughter.
For the supercentenarian, born in 1909, it seemed like a rather tame event as she reclined in a comfy lounge chair propped up by pillows and wrapped in a blanket.
A supercentenarian is someone who has lived through or passed their 110th birthday – which is extremely rare and Elizabeth is only a year younger than the oldest person in the world. The current record holder, according to Guinness World Records, is 115-year-old Spaniard Maria Branyas Morera.
‘I am very, very young. Look at me, I’m like a little young chicken’ she said ABC channel KTRK-TV.
Texas’ oldest woman, Elizabeth Francis (pictured center), who is celebrating her 114th birthday, says she never smokes, drinks or eats takeout. Here she is pictured alongside her family members, including her granddaughter Ethel Harrison (pictured left of Elizabeth)
The supercentenarian was born in 1909 and ate “everything”, but also grew her own vegetables and cooked every day. Elizabeth is pictured on her hay day
Her granddaughter, Ethel Harrison, pictured next to her for the festivities, testifies to this as gospel truth and credits her mother’s longevity to growing and cooking her own vegetables.
Ethel said: ‘Every time you went to her house, I don’t care what day of the week she was cooking. So I just think it has a lot to do with that too. Just how she took care of her body and things like that”.
Elizabeth currently enjoys the company of three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, as well as her 94-year-old daughter Dorothy Ray Williams, who says Elizabeth has been her “spine”.
If you’re planning on living an equally fulfilling life, a few centenarians have shared their secrets to living a long and healthy life.
Some people aged 100 and over said staying positive and living in the present has kept them young at heart, while others feel they have stayed engaged in hobbies such as painting and writing. .
Nearly 100,000 Americans living now have celebrated their 100th birthday, and the number of people hitting the elusive bar each year is on the rise.
Commonalities between centenarians include a sense of purpose and community, as well as staying positive and keeping a sharp mind.
Elizabeth currently enjoys the company of three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, as well as her 94-year-old daughter, Dorothy Ray Williams (centre), who says Elizabeth was his “backbone”.
Californian screenwriter Norma Barzman, 102, said this continued passion for different hobbies has helped her expand her community further.
She said: ‘I see other older people not doing much and not caring, while I like to see new things.
“I met people like me my age who are interested in things and who work, who write, who paint, and they have a much happier life. Keep doing stuff!
Iris Apfel, a 101-year-old fashion icon, attributes her passion for her work as a designer and model to her vitality and good health.