Health is at the top of many people's lists when it comes to the pursuit of a long life, but a 110-year-old woman's sweet tooth has challenged this theory as well as a 90-year-old man's penchant for adrenaline.
Alma Kahl, who lives in Portsmouth in Ohio, recently celebrated her 110th birthday. Born on July 6, 1911, this former beauty queen made it all this way with none other than Hershey's Kisses.
Born in Montgomery, West Virginia, Kahl now resides in a retirement home. Her loved ones gathered around her to laud the milestone.
110-year-old Alma Kahl speaking with another lady. | Source: twitter.com/myfox8
This whimsical woman laughed about how surprised she is that she's already 110. Embodying wisdom-fueled mischievousness, she opened up about her favorite chocolates, expressing:
“Oh my goodness, if I hadn’t [any] of had them, I never would have made it.”
Family friend and former caretaker of the 110-year-old, Suzanne Welch, expanded on her desire to celebrate Kahl's birthday. Welch emphasized how special her companion is.
110-year-old Alma Kahl dressed in red and sitting next to her birthday cake. | Source: WOWK 13 News
She certainly is one of a kind; Kahl traveled around many parts of the world. While globe-trotting, she met with high-ranking individuals such as the Queen of England.
Joseph Jaramillo went skydiving for his 90th birthday.
West Virginia University, where she studied, also crowned her their beauty queen. Although she filled her youthful days with adventure, Kahl undoubtedly refers to this elderly stage of life as cherishable.
A picture of now-110-year-old Alma Kahl when she was younger as Miss West Virginia University. | Source: WOWK 13 News
In a related story, May Willis, based in the Bexhill town in England, also turned 110 years old last year. Akin to her sister-in-arms, she has a positive outlook on her age, expressing:
"I'm 110 and I've enjoyed every moment."
Willis expressed that when the time comes for her to leave this earth, she wants Gracie Fields singing "Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye." The Bexhill resident hoped people would remember her as kind and cheerful.
110-year-old May Willis talking. | Source: BBC News
Unlike Kahl, Willis implied that keeping a clean and healthy lifestyle is what lengthened her life span. The elderly woman claimed that she never had one drink or cigarette a day in her life and still feels vigorous.
Willis wed her assumably-now-passed-on husband Fred in 1933; the two remained married for 57 years. Now, Willis expresses her preference for living independently and looking after her garden.
In a related story proving anyone can defy age, Utah-based Joseph Jaramillo went skydiving for his 90th birthday. Still in the U.S. Army, the now-veteran signed up for the 101st Airborne but didn't meet the weight requirements.
Finally, after many years and at the age of 90, the Purple Heart honorary got the chance to take the leap. On par with Kahl and Willis, Jaramillo is also an inspiration to many, proving age is just a number.
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