Oldest Macon resident dies at age 112

egrisamore@macon.comJanuary 16, 2013 

Lula Gilbert, Macon’s oldest resident, has died at age 112.

Gilbert had been in declining health and died Monday at Laurel Baye Health Care of complications from pneumonia, said her granddaughter, Catherine Morgan.

Gilbert had lived at Laurel Baye since 2010 and was the oldest resident in the facility’s 42-year history.

A spokesperson for M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Sandersville said Wednesday night that funeral arrangements are incomplete. Morgan said a memorial service is being planned for Laurel Baye residents and staff.

“She loved life and she loved people,’’ Morgan said. “She loved doing for other people.’’

Gilbert was one of only about a dozen supercentenarians --110 years old or older -- in the U.S.

Gilbert, a great-great-great-grandmother, was born on Oct. 10, 1900, in Washington County. Her full name was Lula Pool Bridgest Gilbert.

She was one of 12 children. Her parents were sharecroppers. She married at age 13 and had five children, whom she taught how to quilt, can vegetables and make potash soap. She was twice widowed.

She worked as a housekeeper and as a shift cook at a sawmill. She never had a driver’s license.

Her breakfast each morning was grits, eggs and a biscuit. She loved cornbread at lunch and Coca-Cola floats with ice cream in the afternoon. And she dipped snuff for years until she switched to chewing gum.

To contact writer Ed Grisamore, call 744-4275.

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