Donaldsonville woman celebrates 100th birthday

DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Daisy Eames has seen her share of hard times.

Ms. Daisy dodged a tornado by mere feet after it ripped up every other home but hers just last year in her hometown of 30 years, Donaldsonville.

"I heard a boom, boom and then I realized that the tornado hit," recalled Ms. Daisy. "It was the Lord that took care of me and spared me. I ain't thinking, I know," she said in an interview in 2017.

But that's not the only thing Ms. Daisy is thankful for because today she's celebrating a milestone. Ms. Daisy is 100-years-old. She was born May 12, 1918, and grew up during a time when groceries were pennies on the dollar.

"5 and 10 cents is what you paid for bread a long time ago," she said.

A few more things have changed since we last met the wise Ms. Daisy, she sold her house in Donaldsonville and moved to Baton Rouge with her soon-to-be 89-year-old sister, Wilhelmina Bailey.

"It's been good, most of the time," Wilhelmina said jokingly. "We've always taken care of each other. Whatever happens one or the other is always there," she said.

"It was kind of hard at first but then I had to make up my mind but then when I realized I had to do it. I prayed that the Lord would let me go ahead on, so it doesn't bother me right now," she said.

Now that Ms. Daisy, who is one of 9 siblings, has come around to living with her sister, she's still giving out advice to anyone who will listen.

"Don't drink, don't do dope and don't smoke," she said sternly. "They say that kind of contributes to my age."

The 100-year-old continues to make a point to not hold her tongue.

"If I'm telling the truth, I'm not a liar, but if I tell you something I'm going to stick to it if I know what I'm talking about," she said.

Her great niece, Mydra Kelly, said her feistiness is one thing she admires most.

"I pray that I'll be able to live particularly having that spirit," she said. "I think it's a blessing to not just get older but to still have a reasonable portion of your health and strength."

The former bible study teacher said there's no guide to a long life,.

"The only secret is the man up above. That's what my secret is," Ms. Daisy said. "I didn't have anything to do with it. It was all in the Lords' hands."

Only encouraging everyone to pass on good fortune for goodness in return

"Well that goes around and round," she said. "You do a good deed for somebody and the Lord will do a good deed for you."

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