On March 28 Florence Motley turned 105. When this elderly woman is asked what is the secret of her longevity, she always responds that she owes her long and happy life to God.
Florence Motley is the oldest African American in Washington state. She was born on March 28, 1912, and witnessed 19 presidential elections, as well as two world wars.
Florence was born in a Christian family, and her parents taught her from her childhood to have love for work and discipline. Florence’s parents raised their only child on the basis of the golden rule of the Bible – Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” The heart of Florence absorbed this Bible verse and to this day the woman’s life is based on that.
Florence spent her childhood on the farm. In adult life, she had to work a lot. For many years she was an active participant of the church community.
For 15 years Florence worked as a nurse in a state mental hospital in Tennessee. Florence liked her work, because she had the opportunity to take care of other people.
Despite the fact that she survived her only son, Florence thanks the Lord for every new day in her life! She loves her granddaughters very much, and spends a lot of time with them.
Florence is sure that in the life of every person there must be a goal.
It is important to find time for work, rest and help to relatives, but the most important thing is always to be with the Lord. Only He will guide us in the right way in life.