A Brooklyn woman has a lot to celebrate as she turns 116 years old on Monday. Susannah Mushatt Jones was just named the oldest living person on Friday and celebrates her birthday today.
The Guinness World Records presented Jones with a plaque noting her longevity. Today Jones will celebrate her birthday with family and friends in her Brooklyn community.
Jones was the daughter of Alabama sharecroppers and the third of 11 children, all of whom she has outlived. She moved to New York City in the 20’s and has more than 100 nieces and nephews.
“Are you an old lady or a young lady?” asked her niece Lois Judge during an interview earlier this year with NBC 4 New York’s Roseanne Colletti.
“I’m old,” Jones said.
Judge said Jones credits her longevity to not drinking, smoking or partying. But she does indulge in her favorite foods. Jones keeps a steady diet of bacon, eggs and grits for breakfast. A sign in her kitchen reads: “Bacon makes everything better.”