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Riviera Beach woman celebrated 112th birthday

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) She is a woman of few words.

But her life speaks volumes about who she is.

Charlotte Hawkins Flowers was born February 20, 1900

Charlotte Flowers soon to be 112-years-old.

The oldest of 7 siblings , she's out lived all of her brothers and sisters and all of her 5 children.

Tonight nearly 50 relatives, from grand-children to great,great, great great grandchildren, gathered round as Flowers name was put into the history books by the Riviera Beach mayor.

"And hereby give Mrs. Flowers the key to the city that is long overdue," said Mayor Thomas Masters.

Flowers was born in Madison, Florida. In 1900 William Mckinley was president, the Wright brothers were three years away from their historic Kitty Hawk Flight, women were still 20 years from the right to vote and segregation helped define Flowers life.

She saw it all, lived it all, raising a family by working as a maid and cook.

From the horse and buggy age to the space and computer age she cast her gaze on the ever evolving American story. The mayor declared her birthday February 20th Charlotte Flowers Day.

Flowers let her loved ones speak for her, they counted their blessings.

"We are so grateful that not only do we want to care for her but that we are able too."

Flowers is a devout Christian, and one granddaughter attributes her long life to faith in God and a few down to earth, innocent pleasures.

"Sweet potato pie and coca-cola."

Charlotte Flowers, soon to be 112 years old, and forever an inspiration to all who have shared and now praise her life.

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