Ella Bess Baker Jackson of Laguna Woods, California turned 100 years old on March 12, 2009. Nicknamed "Betty" after the famed "Betty Boop" character, Betty Jackson's story is a purely American one. Born in rural Texas, Betty picked cotton on her family's farm as a youth. She survived influenza, whooping cough, and pneumonia all before the age of 10. As a young woman, she went to teacher's college and spent the next 45 years of her life inspiring and educating America's children. Betty Jackson's story is one of faith, family, and positive attitude. Upon reaching the century mark, she has decided to share her advice for surviving tough times as well as her special secret for living a long life.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) -- On March 19th, 2009 Ella Bess Baker Jackson, known as "Betty" turned 100 years old in Laguna Woods, California. In reaching her hundredth birthday, Betty has taken her place among the ranks of the more than 84,000 unflappable American men and women that now sit at the century mark. Betty has a secret, however. While she has practiced good nutrition all her life, she firmly believes that her strong faith and her use of a very special coconut oil hold the key to her longevity.
Betty was born in rural Texas in 1909. It was the year that Ernest Shackleton located the South Pole, construction began on the RMS Titanic, the US Navy founded Pearl Harbor, the Indianapolis Speedway held its very first event, the NAACP was formed, and Joan of Arc was beatified. In 1909 you could buy a dozen eggs for about $.26, two rolls of toilet paper for a nickel, rent a three room apartment in New Jersey for about $15 a month, and take the train from New York to Chicago for $27 round-trip.
As a child, Betty worked in the cotton fields of Texas
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