Clarksville Woman Celebrates 110th Birthday

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Clarksville Woman Celebrates 110th Birthday

CREATED Apr 17, 2014

by Marcus Washington

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A Montgomery County woman has celebrated another milestone birthday.

Thursday afternoon, family and friends filled the home of Jennie Ramey as she celebrated her 110th birthday with cake and punch.

Ramey's birthday brought her granddaughter to visit from San Antonio, Texas, saying her grandmother's age is something her that is motivating.

"It makes me feel I am only half way there. I have a lot of years ahead of me if I base everything on her, so it's wonderful, "said Pamela Jackson.

For more than a century, Ramey has been a giver.

"As a child I remember her building rooms upstairs to rent out to soldiers and members of the military that needed somewhere to stay when they got here," said granddaughter Denise Ramey-Watts. "I remember her feeding people, I remember her letting people come into her home who didn't have any place to stay at times."

After all those years of giving, it's now the community that wants to give back by celebrating Ramey's life.

"If you've been a pretty good person, most generally, quite a few people will come to see you," said Ramey's son Rufus Ramey.

Ramey's son said her secret to a long life is quite simple.

"She did a whole lot of walking. She did that up until three years ago. She would walk up to the corner and back here, sometimes three times a day."

Even today, Ramey is walking in the hearts of everyone around her as her home is full of people just wanting to wish her a happy birthday.

"She's a very deserving person of it," said Ramey-Watts. "She's loved by a lot of people; not just family, but there are a lot of people in this community who... everybody loves mamma Jennie."

Jennie still lives at home with assistance of her 90-year-old daughter.

From records, 110 is the oldest age of a living Tennessean, but another woman also turned 110 in February, so Ramey isn't the oldest living Tennessean.

Her actually birthday is on Saturday, April 19.

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