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Tiffany Kesting, left, and her daughter, Emma, talk with Cora B. Gentry, who turned 110 Saturday, during a birthday party for Gentry at the Big Sandy United Methodist Church in Hull on Sunday. Tiffany is Gentry's great-granddaughter and Emma Grace is Gentry's great-great-granddaughter.
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Tiffany Kesting, left, and her daughter, Emma, talk with Cora B. Gentry, who turned 110 Saturday, during a birthday party for Gentry at the Big Sandy United Methodist Church in Hull on Sunday. Tiffany is Gentry's great-granddaughter and Emma Grace is Gentry's great-great-granddaughter.

Alabama woman celebrates 110th birthday

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — A Tuscaloosa County woman, who has been a friendly pillar of the Big Sandy community for many years, recently celebrated her 110th birthday.

Cora Gentry, who was born on April 14, 1897, celebrated her birthday Sunday in the fellowship hall of Big Sandy United Methodist Church.

Gentry has lived through many an epic moment, but her life’s mantra is simple.

“I’ve seen a lot of water run under the bridge between then and now,” Gentry told The Tuscaloosa News. “I thank God every day for the dawn of a new day.”

She said that going to bed every evening by at least 9 o’clock, getting a full night’s sleep and drinking water has also helped.

Gentry uses a wheelchair now, but still walks at her home where she lives with her granddaughter, Charlotte Wyatt. She’s just under four years junior to the nation’s oldest living American, an Indiana woman who will turn 114 years old Friday.

Gentry, known for voting at every election and carrying covered dishes to church dinners, grew up picking cotton and corn on a Bibb County farm. She has been a Tuscaloosa-area resident for 44 years. Her neighbors described seeing her cutting grass with a push mower or climbing a ladder to clean the eaves on her trailer in past years.

“You could see her in a bonnet and long sleeves clearing brush with an ax,” family friend Barbara Anders said.

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