JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Two Johns Creek residents will soon celebrate big birthdays: Argel Landers will turn 100 April 18, and Mary Brown will celebrate her 105th birthday March 30.
Landers, who goes by G.G. at Ashwood Meadows Retirement Community where she lives, was born in Altoga Texas, in 1919. She moved to Georgia to be with family after the death of her husband, Bill, in 2015.
Bill and Argel Landers were married for 77 years. He served in the U.S. Navy, and they had one son, two grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
“I’ve wondered several times if I’d make it to 100,” she said. “And I know several times I’ve asked by husband why he left me here … I fell three times, and broke my tailbone. But here I am.”
Her best advice for life is to pray every day, and for marriage is to spend lots of time together. G.G. played softball as a teen and loved to cook and bake as an adult.
She attributes her health to cutting out sugar and switching from smoking to chewing gum. She said the staff at Ashwood Meadows keep her laughing and entertained, especially with renditions of her favorite song, “Love Potion No. 9” by The Searchers.
“All the girls have been good to me,” she said. “I figured it was because I was 99 going on 100.”
Mary Brown, a resident of Ivy Hall Assisted Living, was raised right up the road in Duluth, Ga. in 1914. A widow, she was married for more than 45 years to James Brown. Her family includes three children, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Jahnae, Izayah, Isaac, Ryan and Aiden.
Brown attributes her longevity to clean living, hard work and taking care of herself. She does confess she tried smoking cigarettes once but only made it through one pack.
She grew up on Findley Farm in Duluth and lived there for 50 years. She loved to cook and was a member of the Antioch United Methodist Church. She starts her day reading the daily paper and is a life-long Atlanta Braves fan.
She loves baseball and even played baseball herself as a young girl on the farm with her cousins. Those who know Mary say she spent her life taking care of her family, is independent and strong willed.