Rockford Woman Turns 100!

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A Rockford woman is making history, 100 years of it.
Jessie Johnson also known as “Granah” is celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday.

Johnson was born on November 11th 1919, on the day World War One ended also known as Armistice Day.
She was born in Tennessee before moving to Freeport and then to Rockford in 1955 with her family.
She’s one of the first African Americans to graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago and taught tailoring at Rock Valley College for over 20 years.
Known for her baking skills, those close to her say she used to invent recipes.
She credits raising her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the Lord for bringing her this far.

“I don’t know if it’s really a secret. just try to treat people right and live right yourself and just keep pushing. Just keep living and talk to the Master and tell him what you want.” Said Johnson.

She gave birth to a total of 4 generations who all were in attendance to celebrate at the Klehm Arboretum

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