'Don't sit on your fanny' if you want to live to 100
April 19, 2017 - Jane Cummiskey, a counselor at Grahamwood Elementary School for 18 years, crowns Viola Street in honor of Street's 100th birthday at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Buy PhotoBuy Photo
April 19, 2017 - A birthday cake is seen at Viola Street's 100th birthday party at the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Wednesday afternoon, her friends treated her to lunch and crowned her Queen Cinnamon Roll.
"I feel pretty good," she said. "My eyes are shot. My knees aren't good. I fell down on them last year and cracked something. That's why I have to use this walker. But I'm still moving."
Viola lives in a retirement home now, but she doesn't plan to retire anytime soon. When she can, she still gets up at 4 a.m. to help some of her bedridden neighbors.
"She is never in her room," said Diane Bonner, a retired teacher whose mother grew up with Viola. "She still loves to do for others."
She still loves to†eat†fried food. She also still enjoys†a glass of Chardonnay every evening. But her advice for living a long life has nothing to do with her diet.
"Stay busy. Help others," she said. "Don't sit on your fanny and think about what you can do or want to do. Get up and go do it."
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