Ollie May Coby
At 103 years old, Ollie May Coby still attends church Sunday school and morning worship service at Bethany Baptist Church in Oakland, studies her Bible, cleans and cooks collard greens, corn bread, sweet potato pies, fruit cakes and black-eyed peas.
Born in Hilly, Louisiana on April 1, 1909, Coby was the granddaughter of former slaves in the deep South. She has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, Civil Rights Movement and the election of the first African-American president.
During the Great Depression, when her husband was unable to find work, she supported her family by working as a domestic. In the 1950s, she and her husband Jim relocated to California to be near their two daughters and their families. She resides in Oakland.