112-Year-Old Shares Her Sweet Secret To Long Life


The majority of the oldest people in the world are women and were all born in the 19th century. A supercentenarian (sometimes hyphenated as super-centenarian) is someone who has lived to or passed their 110th birthday. This age is achieved by about one in 1,000 centenarians or people who have lived to be 100.

Many of these are still around to show their wisdom about what they’ve learned over the past 100 plus years. One of those great women is Lessie Brown.

Mrs. Brown was born in 1904 and said she moved to Cleveland from the south when she was a teenager in 1922. It was here that she met her husband and raised five children.

During her life in Cleveland, Brown worked at the Statler Hotel and Mount Sinai Hospital. After her husband’s death, Brown moved to live with her daughter Veerline in University Heights. Later on, the two moved to the Concord Apartments in 1996. Brown said she had had surgery twice in her life, but never for anything serious. Brown attended services at the Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Brown said it is God’s will that she has lived this long, but a steady diet of sweet potatoes also may have helped her health.

(Lessie Brown on her 112th birthday)

“Oh I don’t know. A lot of them say it’s because I ate a lot of sweet potatoes, but I don’t think that’s it. I don’t know, God’s will,” said Mrs. Brown. “God has blessed me and spared me to live this long.”

But her eating a lot of sweet potatoes certainly didn’t hurt.

In addition to being great at fighting inflammation and diabetes, they also are effective for helping people quit addictions like smoking, drinking and taking certain narcotics. They are good for the health of the arteries and veins, as they protect their walls against hardening. And sweet potato’s high concentration of beta carotene (an alternative form of vitamin-A) and phosphorus are excellent for both ocular and cardiac health.

Lessie’s daughter, Bernie Wilson, told us that her mom used to love sweet potatoes. She even told a lot of people that would eat sweet potatoes. They thought that would give them longer lives too.”

Mrs. Brown has 24 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 26 great great grandchildren. That including her own children is 90 birthday to keep track of every year. Whew!

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