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Johnson County woman celebrates 107th birthday

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Posted at 10:46 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 17:17:07-05

CORRECTION: Due to an error in reporting, a previous version of this story listed both the incorrect president at the time of Ms. Hogue's birth as well as the number of additional presidencies she has lived through. RTV6 regrets the errors.

FRANKLIN — Ada Pearl Burgin Hogue is well known in the halls of Homeview of Franklin.

"I walk along, 'Granny, Granny, Granny," she said.

She's known as Granny or Aunt Pearl. Born in Jan. 1, 1913, William Howard Taft was president and she's lived through 18 other presidents and all but two runnings of the Indianapolis 500.

And on Wednesday, she celebrated her birthday.

"I will be 107," Granny said. ("What does that mean?" I asked.) "You're getting old," she said.

Over the decades, she's loved making quilts of all colors here are just a few. The secret to her longevity: her faith, her marriage of 64 years and a diet which is sprinkled with drinking two through three cans of Coca-Cola and eating Froot Loops cereal.

"I've had patients in their 80's that can do what she does," director of nursing Angie Burdine said. "She exercises everyday. She walks all over the building several times a day especially to the Coke machine for Cokes. She thinks she needs two or three a day."

On New Year's Day, she made her birthday wish and gathered around the people who know her best.

Granny has 18 great-great grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 15 grandchildren and she is the mother of five children. She decided at the age of 105 that it was time to live in a nursing facility.

She's never FaceTimed, texted or tweeted. That's because she's been busy living, loving, and building a legacy with her family.