Everett woman celebrates her 111th birthday

EVERETT, Mass. — While this has been a year of hardship for so many people due to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially the elderly, one Everett woman has plenty to celebrate. Ematesse Joseph turned 111 years old on Thursday.

“She’s very proud. Very, very proud,” said her granddaughter Suzette Zubre.

Zubre said her grandmother’s secret to longevity is simple. She keeps smiling.

“I don’t think she ever changed growing up and she’s still the same person. Always happy, she always makes people laugh,” she said.

Joseph was born in Haiti in 1910. She moved to Massachusetts and became a resident in 1997. In 2017, at the age of 108, she became a United States citizen. Her family is now four generations. Joseph has 6 children, 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 3 great, great-grandchildren.

Joseph lived through the Spanish Flu and now the Covid-19 pandemic. Her family said she’s lived a healthy life and refuses to get a vaccine.

“Her doctor called me to ask. I ask her first because she still the boss. The way she is right now, she’s still the boss. She’s still giving orders, so we have to take her order. So I don’t go over her orders,” Zubre said.

The boss celebrating another big day surrounded by her big family.

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