|Martha Coleman, 101 years old|
Mrs. Coleman is the absolute living proof that age does not have to be an enemy. Soft spoken and quick to smile, she stays active by attending the same church she has frequented for 60 years. She goes to Sunday School and stays through 11 a.m. service. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mrs. Coleman says she goes to a nearby senior citizens center to quilt and socialize.
She was born in Waters Park, 11 miles from Travis County City Limits, June 5,1905, with the help of a midwife. Mrs. Coleman was one of 13 children born to Archie and Mariah Adam. Some of the children were born with the help of a doctor. Her parents were sharecroppers, who planted cotton and picked it to earn a living.
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“I’ve always been around children; I’ve always taken care of children,” Mrs. Coleman said. She says staying busy keeps her young in spirit.
Mrs. Coleman said her leg was stiff and straight. She could not move. She stayed in that condition for a week. Her parents "doctored" on her with home remedies, but none of them improved her condition. Mrs. Coleman said her parents did not realize how close she was to death.
“Dr. Abner told my father to just come on in (by himself) and tell him about my condition. I feel like I know what’s wrong with her,” Dr. Abner told her father. He had treated other patients with symptoms identical to young Martha. Dr. Abner gave her father a prescription to fill, and instructed him to administer the medication every hour. Dr. Abner instructed her father to call him the next morning, letting him know if Martha's fever had broken.