Detroiter Celebrates Her 102nd Birthday

DETROIT (WWJ) – One hundred and two candles on Tuesday’s birthday cake for Detroiter Wilma Poole.

With the help of family and friends, Mrs. Poole maintains her apartment, preferring to live alone. No surprise, perhaps. She grew up in a very large family. Asked if she thinks there’s a reason why she’s been around so long, Mrs. Poole credits a strong belief in God.

“I was raised going to church every Sunday,” the still very independent grandmother told WWJ’s Pat Sweeting. “And, it was a family of 11 of us, 11 children, and my mother always – Sunday morning – get (sp) us ready for Sunday school.”

Mrs. Poole remains active in her church as a member of the Mother’s Board. She has been widowed since the 1970s.

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  1. SHANEQUA KING says:

    I LOVE MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT GRANDMOTHER…I ALWAYS SHARE HER STORY WITH MY FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS. AS I CAN SAY, “MY GRANDMOTHER HAS ALL WHITE PRETTY INDIAN HAIR…SHE HAS NEVER HAD A PERM IN HER LIFE…SHE IS 102 AND SHE STAYS BY HERSELF….AND WHEN SHE CAME TO VISIT US IN GEORGIA (BY PLANE BY HERSELF AT THE AGE OF 90) SHE SLEPT IN MY BED…AND I BRUSHED AND BRAIDED HER HAIR BACK IN TWO BRAIDS (INDIAN STYLE)….IN SO MANY WORDS I’M SAYING I LOVE YOU GREAT-GREAT-GREAT GRANDMOTHER!!!

    LOVE YOUR GRAND-DAUGHTER

    SHANEQUA KING

  2. Jasaquona Smith says:

    OMGosh..That is so sweet Shanequa;)..That is truely a blessung to have her in your life

    JAZZY

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