102-year-old Saginaw woman shares her secret to long life

A 102-year-old Saginaw woman shared her secret to a long life. (Photo credit: Vonnie Scott)

SAGINAW, Mich. - Miss Eva Lee Whitt of Saginaw has lived through the civil rights movement, two major stock market crashes, two world wars and so much more.

Thursday she turned 102 years old.

"I smoked a little, but not long," Whitt said.

She said her secret was not smoking, but she said a little chew was 'OK'.

She's living proof.

"I never dreamt it," she said. "I never thought I'd live to be 100. I really didn't, but God is good."

Whitt was born in Mississippi in 1916, so she has seen quite a lot.

"The way of life was just... it wasn't too easy," she said. "But I didn't know any different."

She said she moved to Saginaw in her 20s and devoted her time to God, her husband and travel.

"I went to Greece and Israel... Paris, France," she added.

Whitt never had kids or Facebook.

She enjoyed going on Facebook live with NBC25/ FOX66 News reporter Amanda Chodnicki.

Her advice to those who wish to live until 102 was simple.

"Walk a straight and narrow path and treat people the way you wish to be treated," she said.

She said she thinks that's what will help her get to 103.

"I may be a little weary, but I ain't ready to leave yet," she said.

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