An Atlanta woman Willie Mae Hardy celebrates another birthday after turning 111-years-old WBIR reported. Hardy was born on a plantation in Junction City, Ga., on March 12, 1908 and has been a longtime resident of metro Atlanta according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Hardy was the oldest of seven siblings and spent a majority of her days doing chores like picking cotton, plowing the fields or tending to the family’s livestock.
Hardy worked as a dom-estic housekeeper for over 60 years and has been an active member of the Butler Street Baptist Church for more than 73 years.
When she was in third grade she dropped out of school to help her mother take care of her brothers and sisters.
Hardy limited education forced to teach herself how to read and write according to I am Decatur.
The website also said: “One of the most frightening memories she has from her childhood occurred during the Jim Crow era [when] the Ku Klux Klan came to their family’s home and took her cousin, Dan. She never saw him again.”
Hardy moved to Atlanta with her husband in 1939 in hopes of finding a better life for her daughter, Cassie Nell. Then in almost thirty years, she moved to Decatur, Ga., to be with her daughter after her husband d-ed unexpectedly.
According to Hardy family, she has seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 30 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren.
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