Annie Berry, who turned 105 years old on Jan. 18, 2019, is someone who knows what family values and relationships are all about. Unlike other people of her age who feel forsaken, she is someone whom everyone looks up to—she’s the matriarch.
In fact, she was recently visited by all of them at the Genesis Larkin Chase Center in Bowie, Maryland. The reason? She was about to welcome the new bundle of joy into her family – her great-great-granddaughter, Olivia.
Born in 1914, Meridian, Mississippi, Berry had the job of picking cotton and shucking corn. Considering this was a time when racism and discrimination were at its peak, it isn’t surprising. As a result, this saw her move from the southern United States to North Carolina where racism wasn’t so rampant. Over there, she worked as the caretaker for a white family before she accepted a job as a school administrator. Once she retired, Berry moved to the capital, Washington DC and settled down with her family.
Throughout her entire life, her family came first for Berry. When she was asked about how she’s been able to maintain her health, she says it because of her “obedience to the Lord.” She’s currently living her life to the fullest and she’s not alone. The 105-year-old continues to be surrounded by those who love her.
Facebook users used this opportunity to share their thoughts. One user commented, “How very WONDERFUL! May God bless this family for remembering and honoring great, great grandma in this precious way. Lovely!”
Another person said, “I miss my great grandma she taught me double Dutch. How to shuffle and play cards and she read me the bible every single day. We ate all the pudding and watermelon we wanted to. She lived long enough to see 3 great-great-grandson. We love you LouAnna Dinkins.”
“That’s wonderful…my great grandmother is 91 and has 9 great great grandchildren, I tell my children all the time how blessed they are to have their great-great-grandmother,” chimed in another user.
One user congratulated Berry on her achievement, “What a legacy. Five generations of family who still love you and include you. You must have laid a good foundation.”