If this is really the fountain of youth, then I’m like six in whiskey years.
Grace Jones is the oldest young lady in Britain. She celebrated her 112th birthday on September 16, and she credits her long life to whiskey. Grace, or as her friends call her “Amazing Grace,” said she’s been tossing back whiskey for the last six decades.
Grace was born in 1906. The number one hit song on the Billboard charts that year was…nothing, because it hadn’t been invented yet. Grace drank her ass off through two world wars, 26 Prime Ministers, every single World Cup (21). You’re picking up what I’m putting down; Grace has been doing numbers.
Grace’s drink of choice? Famous Grouse. Fun fact, Famous Grouse is only ten years Amazing Grace’s senior. Grace, a retired millinery (lady’s hats) owner, said her whiskey is important to her daily routine. “I never miss my nightcap. All I have is the whiskey at night; whiskey is good for you,” she added.
“I started having a nightly tot of it when I turned 50, so I’ve been having it every night for the last 60 years, and I certainly have no intention of stopping now.” Grace continued to explain she’s been encouraged to enjoy her whiskey “My doctor said ‘keep up with the whiskey Grace, it’s good for your heart.’” Who’s her doctor? Dr. McGillicuddy?
“I still feel the same as I did when I was 60.” Grace explained she’s still in good health. “I feel fine. I feel full spirit. I have received lots of nice cards and presents this year, and they are still coming in. We will be here next year as well.”
Grace lives in Broadway, Worcestershire and is a mother of one. She says her fondest memories are of her husband. “The best memory of my life was when I married my husband, Leonard. He was a true gentleman, the son of a parson. We were always together, and we loved one another.” Grace married Leonard Roderick Jones, a chief engineer, in 1933 in Liverpool. Leonard and Grace were married for 53 years until he passed at age 79 in 1986. She gave birth to her daughter, Deidre in 1938.
Deidre explained how much she adores her mother and her long life. “My mother is extraordinary,” she said. “She’s still very particular over her appearance and insists on always looking her best. Once she married my father, she very much became a lady of leisure.”
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Her daughter discussed how her mother is still very active. “She enjoys meeting people and still reads a little and watches television,” Deidre explained. “She is glamorous, beautiful and intelligent. She is really alert and still with it.”
Her elderly daughter has no quarrel with her mother’s logic “She loves her tot of whiskey every evening before she goes to bed and why not? Whiskey is her thing, and she’s been having it for the last 60 years.”
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, “I must say I certainly take after her in that regard, it’s the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day and it’s certainly done my mother no end of good,” Deidre added.