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07/29/03

Pass Christian Woman Turns 110-Years Old

She's seen the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, two World Wars and a man land on the moon, but perhaps what she cherishes most is living long enough to see five generations of her family born. Martha James of Pass Christian celebrated her 110th birthday with friends and family at a party Tuesday afternoon.

We got a glimpse of what Mrs. James has meant to their lives, through the eyes of one of her biggest fans, her Great granddaughter.

It was a unforgettable moment for Jaime Steed. She watched her son Lawrence cuddling in the arms of in his great great grandma Martha James.

"It's so special being able to have her here with us this long and to have my child here to be with her," said Steed. "She's just always been there for us and done things for my mother, for my mother's father. She's always been a very important part of our family."

The song was a familiar one to Martha James. Jaime says even at 110-years old, Martha is still the full of life person Jaime remembers teaching her to fish and to cook.

"Grandmother loves parties," said Steed. She loves to get together to see her great grandkids. She loves babies that's very important to her to be able to see all of the kids."

Steed says her grandmother is the family centerpiece. She's taught them that it doesn't matter how long or how short the life but the quality of the life lived.

"Just to cherish every moment. Make sure you live it. Don't let anything pass you by. Grandma is still living the life that she has always wanted to live," she said.

Martha seemed more interested in partying that answering questions but she did tell me one thing.

"How does it feel to be 110?", she responded to my question. "I thanks the good lord about that. I didn't have it like y'all but I'm here."

Her family says at 110, Mrs. James is in good overall health. She says her secret to long living was that for most of her life she enjoyed a beer and three slices of beer every morning.

by Danielle Thomas

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