Gwinnett County’s oldest resident got to celebrate her birthday today at the grand old age of 108.
And what does she think of life at 108?
“I’ve lived a good life,” Jason Brooks, editor and publisher of Grayson Local News, reported is what Runell “Nell” Foster told people at her birthday celebration at Grayson’s Senior Center.
The city of Grayson presented Foster with an official proclamation declaring March 27, 2014 as “Nell Foster Day” within the city.
According to a press release from Snellville public information officer Brian Arrington, Foster, lived in the brick house at the corner of Rosebud Road and Highway 78 – a stone’s throw away from city limits. She had a resolution read in her honor at Monday’s Snellville City Council meeting.
“Mrs. Foster’s rock home has served as a landmark in the area and she has served as a corner stone of the community,” the resolution reads.
Arrington said Foster and her husband moved to the house in 1929. She is an active member of the First Baptist Church in Grayson and enjoys gardening, sewing, crocheting, and is known for her delicious caramel cakes. Foster was joined by Snellville City Councilman Howard, Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson, Loganville Mayor Dan Curry, Gwinnett County Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, state Rep. Brett Harrell and other elected officials, friends and family members at her birthday celebration.
Resolutions honoring Foster were also given by Loganville, Grayson, a representative from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office and Gwinnett County.
There must be something healthy in the water in this area of Georgia. For many years, Monroe had the oldest living person on record living in the city. Besse Cooper lived until the age of 116 years before passing away on Dec. 4, 2012.
Read the full story of Nell Foster’s big birthday celebration here on Grayson Local News.