Minnie Lucille Brewer has been blessed with nearly 99 years in this world. June 27, she will celebrate her another year with family and friends.
Brewer was born in New Wavely, Texas, in 1910. She moved to Los Angeles with her family at the age of 10. Her family lived in Echo Park, and she attended Twenty-eight Street Elementary School.
Brewer took it upon her self to take care of her four sisters and one brother after their mother's death in 1938. In 1941 she married Frank Brewer, and they took raised their niece, little Minnie.
Brewer needed a change of scenery, so in 1957 she packed her bags and headed for Anchorage, Alaska. She was one of the first blacks and one of the most noted pioneers in the small community known as Chugiak, Alaska.
The little education that Brewer had did not stop her. She read a lot and she educated herself. In 1960 she obtained a job with the Eagle River School District. Working in an environment that she loved, she continued on a daily basis to teach herself, the children and anyone else around her.
Brewer came back to the returned to Los Angeles not too long ago, where she still resides. She is known for her gardening skills, and for her caring heart. Anybody that walks into her home will not leave hungry.
Brewer does not believe in the word "can't". If she heard anyone say it her response would be "Always know that nothing is impossible when you know and love the Lord."
The years have been kind to Brewer, and in turn, she has been kind to the people around her.
Asleen Stanfield will be 101 years old on June 28th. All dolled up in an emerald green dress punctuating her dark skin, and whiter than clouds hair, she talks excitedly about parts of her life and an upcoming abundant life celebration.
"Hiiii baabeee" was her shrill friendly as anything greeting. Uprooting herself from a walker and sitting down was no doubt the same spry way she amazingly sometimes gets around by taking the bus. Not only that, she cooks almost every day.
Beamingly speaking of baking a blackberry cobbler she carefully emphasizes "fresh from scratch." Years of working in a Spanish cafÅ½ is perhaps a reason why her chicken enchiladas are legendary. She does not stop there. Be it American, Chinese or Soul Food she says quickly without so much of a tinge of shamefulness, "you name it baby I can fix it."
Stanfield was born in Yazoo Mississippi in 1908, the same year the Model T Ford and 12 cent a pound sugar. She has seen 17 presidents, five wars, and a moon landing.
Aside from a walker and being slightly hard of hearing, this mother of six, grandmother of 12, and great grandmother, is in great health.
Proving it, she can rattle off names of seven deceased siblings and reflects on a favorite childhood game of playing school and being the teacher.
Sixty years have past since she worked in a sawmill, yet detailing every fact of separating good and bad lumber was a snap. She also worked as a dishwasher at Northern State University and in later years because a homebody helping to raise her grandchildren.
Asleen is eclectic. Music wise it's Bing Crosby, Fats Domino and James Cleveland. Television favorites are game shows, basketball with that boy Kobe, and the Christian Channel 40. She is religious, rarely missing a Sunday mass at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church. Beyond her staunch catholic beliefs, however, is a peak experience 20 years ago of being filled with the Holy Ghost, while on a Pentecostal themed cruise to Jamaica.
"I stay connected to that Holy Ghost because he lets me know my next home is Heaven," Asleen said.
In the here and now she is ecstatic about President Obama.
"We are blessed to have him up there in that White House cause he's gonna make this country better," Asleen said.
Thus the politically astute opinion of the very humorous, very happy, very healthy one hundred one year old lady Ms. Asleen Stanfield.