At 107 years old, family matriarch Janet Wharton doesn’t hear quite like she used to. But her wit is still sharp as a tack, and her eyes sparkled as she revealed her secret to a long, happy life.
Wharton was born on March 29, 1911, in South Carolina. She grew up in Pittsburgh and recently celebrated a remarkable 107 years alongside adoring family and friends, birthday cake, and a slice of pizza.
Much has changed in 107 years of American life, but Wharton’s steadfast faith in Christ has remained unchanged.
She has spent a lifetime serving and volunteering in her community, including the food bank at her local church.
Hand-made bible covers are displayed around the home, all works of Wharton’s hands. She is known for her love of crafting, as well as having a lovely singing voice and serving up some delicious meals from her kitchen.
Donning a birthday tiara, Wharton blew out her three candles — 107 — and refused to tell what she wished for. She did indulge her audience from KDKA-TV, who asked Wharton about her secrets to longevity.
When asked if she maintained a particular diet, Wharton dismissed the idea with the shake of her head. “I ate everything,” she laughed, her lean frame suggesting otherwise.
She did, however, avoid smoking and drinking. “I never did drink either, but maybe I should have,” Wharton joked, putting her wit on display.
Seated by Wharton’s side was granddaughter Cynthia Wilson, who held her grandmother’s hand and helped her answer questions.
“It’s so unbelievable that my grandmother is here at 107 years old, and it’s a blessing that I can be here to see her,” a sincere Wilson said.
Wharton said she intentionally enjoys each day. “I didn’t wait and say I’ll do it tomorrow — I did it today,” she said wisely.
Wharton credits God with giving her a long, full life. “I don’t know how much longer he’s gonna let me stay here, but I’ve had a good time!” she laughed, bringing her family to laughter, too.
It seems laughter is indeed one of the best ways to live a long life. From the looks of Wharton and her family, laughter has long been a household staple.
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