Community remembers, honors the life of 111-year-old woman

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 7:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- She was one of the oldest living Kentuckians and she taught us all a little about how to live life to the fullest. Hallie Mae Wade Bussey Barnes passed away this week. She was remembered by the community for the trailblazing life she led.

Hallie Mae Wade Bussey Barnes died at age 111 on January 26. She was honored at Hill Street Baptist Church, the same church she grew up in. Family and friends says she lived by one motto, "use your time wisely."

And she certainly did, she lived every moment to its fullest from her love of baseball and jeopardy, to gardening and quilting.

"She had that tenacity to stay and make one quilt after another. She always had a purpose in mind," her friend Connie Cosby said.

She was the oldest Kentuckian the second oldest living African-American in the United States. One of her goals before she died was to visit the White House, and she did last December.

"Her warmth, her protectiveness, her love her kindness. She was strong and strong willed. She was a national treasure she really was, a national treasure," her granddaughter Dr Jill Bussey Harris said.
 

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