OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Less than one percent of Americans live to see age 100 and Maggie Joyner has surpassed that milestone by eight years. Surrounded by friends and family, it's apparent she's the center of attention.
"I never thought about it, but I wanted to live just as long as I could," said Joyner.
She was married at the age of 24. More than 20 years ago she lost her husband, and says they were a great team.
"Doyle was young, ready for anything, and so was I. We just had a ball," said Joyner.
Her family says she worked hard her whole life. Whether it was yard work or indoor exercise she has always been active. Her daughter, Margaret Ward, even thinks a few other factors play into her living so long.
"She's never taken anything. You know we think about taking aspirin or pain pills. No, no, no she never did. I think that's her long life," said Ward.
She lived alone until she was 106-years-old. Her children say they had to make her move in with them so they could keep an eye on her. She does everything on her own, and her grandchildren say she has been a great role model for them.
Her granddaughter Donna Doolittle says she taught her to work hard and be an honest person.