That made her the oldest person living in Illinois, and also one of our nation's elite supercentenarians
(meaning she was at least 110 and a superhero).
Epps was born in April of 1901. It's hard to get your head around that.
It means she lived more than 40,000 days -- in a row.
Arkansas was her birthplace, but had she been born in St. Louis, she could've had a childhood memory of the 1904 World's Fair.
Here's another St. Louis-centric way to think about it:
that 2008 presidential election meme, Things That are Younger Than John McCain
such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, penicillin and
the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii)? Mayetta Epps-Miller was born before
both of John McCain's parents
But I digress.
Back in 2005 Epps-Miller gave an interview
to the Post-Dispatch
in which she dispensed some advice for those seeking longevity.
She did say she never smoked and only rarely drank, but here are the tips she gave, broken down into a list:
7) Love the Lord, because the Lord loves you.
6) Join somebody's church.
5) Give part of your earnings to somebody's church.
4) Eat good food.
3) Drink good water.
2) Stay out of trouble.
1) Don't overdo anything.
How many of you have violated all of these principles so far this year? So far this morning
Mayetta Epps-Miller of East St. Louis died on New Year's Eve. She was 111 years old.