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Huntersville woman turns 105

Ms. Gussie grew up on a farm in South Carolina and celebrated her 105th birthday Wednesday with her family in Huntersville.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The secret to a long life? Working hard and respecting God, according to Ms. Gussie, who celebrated her 105th birthday with her family in Huntersville Wednesday.

Gussie grew up on a farm in Greenville, South Carolina. She remembers picking cotton and clearing weeds on the farm and says her family used to take a two-horse wagon to church. She would eventually join her church's Women's League, where she would become a prayer leader.

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On Thursday, her family gathered with food, song, and dance to celebrate her birthday. 

Gussie has three kids, three grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Living long seems to be a family secret. Gussie celebrated Wednesday with her "baby sister," who is 97 years old.

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Gussie says she is most looking forward to eating her birthday cake and plans to sneak back downstairs to steal another piece after her family leaves.

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