March 11, 2011
Viola Moses told an oncologist four years ago she didn’t believe a lump on her lung was cancer.
That prediction has proved true, and it’s that resolve, in addition to her unwavering faith, that has helped Moses reach her 102nd birthday, her 64-year-old daughter Dietra Moses Coleman said.
“Her mind is excellent,” said Coleman, of Fort Washington, Md. “She does all her own cooking and grocery shopping, and only recently started using a walker to get around. People ask what her secret is — it’s God, her faith, I don’t think she knows anything else.”
Moses celebrated the milestone on Thursday with family at her Jersey Avenue home. Coleman said about 60 family members held a party when the matriarch turned 100, and this year she wanted the affair to be more intimate.
“She’s a giver, she’s not good at receiving,” Coleman said.
Moses was born in Jenkinsville, S.C., and moved on her own to Morristown in the mid-1920s. She cleaned offices and homes and later took in laundry to support her children — Moses Coleman, Joseph and the late Toby Moses — after husband Nathaniel Moses died soon after their marriage.
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