Alabama Woman Reaches 115 Years with Joy

On Thanksgiving Day, Newscenter 11 began a 2-part special report about Hager Robertson Young of Demopolis, who turned 115 years old last month.

We learned from her family that Mrs. Young died Friday at 10:55 a.m.

The family says she lived her life well and they are grateful to have been part of it.

Born October 11, 1896, Hager Robertson Young has seen and experienced more than most. The widowed mother of seven was full of life, especially when she was at her peak point physically.

Young suffered a mini-stroke shortly after her birthday. But up till the end, she didn't let difficulties stop her.

Family members say she shared her secrets with them.

"Her secret is to treat people right," said Hager Theresa Washington, Young's daughter. "Tend to your own business and wait on God."

Washington is Mrs. Young's youngest child. Currently 77 herself, she has been caring for her mother since her father died in 1971. From her mother she says she learned a valuable lesson on life and death.

"She said she knows where she was going. And I asked her if I was going and she said, 'You'll have to do that for yourself'," said Washington.

This is a sentiment that is seemingly shared among the family.

Born August 20, 1914, Young's 97-year-old cousin, Alice Sledge Hargress shares that thinking. They also share feelings about the importance of family.

Citing that the most important thing outside God is family, at age 97 Hargress would still regularly get her son to drive her 12 miles to visit her beloved cousin.

"Because we are kin folks. Family folks should always keep in touch," said Hargress.

As for living long and aging well, Hargress says, 'it's a family thing.'


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  • by Alison Location: West Bloomfield Township , Mi on Dec 1, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    Praise God for such a wonderful life he gave her. My mom Mrs. Carrie Woods Merriweather would often talk about her and her beautiful spirit. What a blessing to have 115 years and still having positive wisdom to share with the world. Enjoy your beautiful new home with our Heavenly Father.
  • by E. Woods Location: Michigan on Dec 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    My condolences to the family. I just learned that this remarkable soul was my father's cousin!! What a blessing to see 115 years...I now have a new motto, mind your own business and wait on God!!
  • by Dallas Mandy Location: Avondale, Az on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    We the Family of Ben and Betty Robertson would like to extend our condolences! It is amazing what GOD can do! Little Hager Lived a Long and Peaceful life and Always put GOD and Family above all! That is something Amazing. She may have been a distant cousin but I can defently see the connection in the Blood!! Stay Strong Family She is in a better place Looking Down on You Always!!!! Be Blessed Dallas Mandy (The GrandDaughter of Benjamin Robertson )
  • by Toshia Location: O on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    This is by far the most touching story that WTOK has ever covered. To live to be 115 yrs old, is a blessing. I love elderly people, they have so much wisdom and knowledge to share with the younger generation. Thank you WTOK for sharing with your viewing area this heartfelt story. "Mind your own business and wait on God", wow just simply amazing!!!!My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, what a blessing it was to have her in their life!!!
  • by Tontieta LaShan Lewis Location: Detroit, MI on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:45 AM
    May the love of those around you help you through your difficult times. Please accept our condolences from The Robertson Crusaders. (Adline Lewis granddaughter LaShan and Luvinia daughter)
  • by Wendelin Cannon-Jackson Location: Arlington, TX on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    We the family of Brett and Martha Cannon would like to extend our condolences to your family. My mother talked often about her cousin Hagar. She was her father Jonas Robertson oldest cousin. We pray that God will give all of you strength to carry on her legacy. God Bless
  • by ken roberts Location: akron ohio on Nov 28, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    My great grandmother was such a strong woman. She will be sadly missed. Love You
  • by Pat Hargress-Cole Location: Cary, NC on Nov 28, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    She was a distance relative, whom I had the pleasure and privilege to have met. A true friend and inspiration to many generations. I know my grandmother, Mrs. Alice Hargress will truly miss her. My sympathy and condolence’s to her family
  • by BigJC on Nov 27, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    No doubt a Godly woman. Wow! "tend to your own business and wait on God". Im a Christian, but folks, she's just given me new words to live by. Thank you!
  • by BigJC on Nov 27, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    Amazing! What it must be like to have been able to see all the changes... From world politics to technology. What a testimony to have lived that long!
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