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Douglas Co. woman celebrates 103rd birthday on Christmas

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A Douglas County woman marks a very special day Tuesday as she marks not only her birthday, but her 103rd Christmas.

Jewel Stringfellow was featured this morning as the final birthday on Good Day Atlanta Christmas Day.

Family members tell FOX 5 News that Stringfellow was born December 25, 1909 in Mississippi. William Howard Taft was president. Neither radio nor antibiotics had been invented.  

Stringfellow lived through the Great Depression, two World Wars and segregation.

"We know the history because we studied it; she's actually lived it," said her granddaughter Jackye Brookins.

Stringfellow has raised five kids, seen her family expand to 15 grandkids and 14 great-grandchildren. She's outlived her husband and two sons.

Family members credit Stringfellow's faith in God to making it three years past her centennial.

"Every night, she's reading the Bible. That is a woman of God. There's no way you can tell me that's not why she's still here," said Brookins.

In addition to Christmas and her birthday, December 25 was also Stringfellow's wedding anniversary.

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