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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany woman reached a milestone Thursday, she's celebrating her 105th birthday.

When Bessie Bivins was born, Teddy Roosevelt was President. It was nine years before World War I started. Bessie Bivins has led a long and interesting life. There are six living generations in her family, including two great, great, great, great grandchildren.

Oh the stories that these hands, eyes, and mouth could tell.  In a world of high tech, high speed, gotta know now-ers, Bessie Bivins is calming company.

She says, "I feel pretty good." And she looks pretty good, too, as she celebrates her 105th birthday. So much has changed since she arrived on this earth back in 1905.

Bivins said, "We didn't know nothing 'bout no fans, didn't know nothing about no electricity." As a matter of fact, Ms. Bivins grew up on a farm and never even went into town until she was 12 years old. It's a day she's never forgotten. "I had never had ice cream," she said.  "It was hard times, hon. And my brother bought me an ice cream. It was so good, I eat five."

She can still remember the taste. "That was the sweetest thing."

A sweet break out of a hard life. She had to quit school after fourth grade because her mother died and she had to help raise her brothers. But she says all those tough times may just be what helped her reach this milestone. "I guess hard work."

Picking cotton, working in peanut factories. But her life hasn't all been hard work. She played a little, too. Still does actually. She likes to watch wrestling and she loves to fish. "Any kind that would bite."

She still surrounds herself with family. Her children, now 83 and 79 live nearby. Her great niece and some of her grandchildren and great grandchildren visit from time to time.

Can she tell them the secret to getting to 105? "Oh, I wish I could, but I can't. I just lived my life the best that I could." A life full of memories, 105 years worth.

Another reason Ms. Bivins says she's made it to this age is she doesn't take prescription drugs and only goes to the doctor when her family forces her, that's about once every two to three years.

Ms. Bivins celebrated her birthday with a house full of family members and enjoyed a nice dinner out.

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