Mazie Ford: Born June 28, 1906
Mazie Ford celebrated her 109th birthday with three birthday parties.
“One was with a couple of hundred people at the Hemispheres condominium where I live in Hallandale, one was a family dinner party and one was at Memorial Hospital where I have been a community volunteer for nearly 10 years.” Hallandale Mayor Joy Cooper and Hallandale City commissioner Anthony Sanders joined Mazie for birthday cake.
Although Mazie did not want to talk about her birthday gifts, she did say that she got some beautiful yarn. “I knit hats for the newborn babies at Memorial Regional Hospital so I need yarn. I make one hat per day. I started doing that job when I turned 100,” she said.
Mazie Ford’s longevity secret? “I have always been a happy person. I have always had a good life. I really love people and I see that they respond to me too,” she said.
Doctors say the secret to living past 100 is to keep away from cigarettes, staying slim, keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure down, having good genes and a sense of purpose.