Mrs. Grace Osborne celebrates her 100th birthday

May 10 Written by  Anna Powell and Michelle Powell

Mrs. Grace Osborne will become a centenarian on May 31, 2017. She celebrated that milestone on May 7 with family and friends at Langston Baptist Church in Clinton. She is the oldest living member of the church.

Osborne was born May 31, 1917 and says she has no idea how she reached 100.

Osborne remembers the end of World War 1. Her uncle came home after the war, married, and lived with her family. She says, “He and his wife bought a T-Model Ford and when he came in the yard all the chickens would go cackling and the horses and cows would run in the pasture for they never had heard of a noise like that T-Model Ford.” She was less than 5 years old.

Osborne’s parents taught her to always tell the truth. She remembers the last time she did tell a story. She was tossing a ball in the kitchen with her siblings and they broke a lamp globe. When her parents asked who had broken the globe, she didn’t tell them. She says, “I didn’t tell anybody that I did break it but I didn’t tell anybody that I didn’t break it. That was the problem.”

Osborne has survived two husbands. During her first marriage, she experienced her greatest trial. Her husband, Harold, got sick and had to have his gall bladder removed. The procedure was more dangerous than it is now and he stopped breathing during surgery. The doctors helped him start breathing again, but the time spent without oxygen damaged his brain. “It’s a hard road to travel,” she says.

Harold had to go to a psychiatrist, who advised Mrs. Osborne to take her husband to Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital. She followed the doctor’s advice. It cost a lot to keep him there. She worked hard to keep him there, but brought him home as often as possible. The insurance covered his physical problems and social security helped cover his stay. She paid the remainder out of her pocket.

On being asked whether she ever thought she would reach her 100th birthday, her reply was, “No, I had no idea one day I’d be 100 years old. My mother spent two months being 90 and my sisters died in their 80s, but my daddy’s family didn’t live that long. He was 69 when he died but we never thought about him being old. He was always able to do whatever he wanted to do.”

(Photo by George Powell)

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