Four ladies are celebrating a lifetime of friendship as they all prepare to reach a major milestone in their lives.
Leona Barnes, Elizabeth Hammett, Gladys Butler and Bernice Underwood have been friends for as long as they can remember. According to The Washington Post their bond dates back to the end of WWI. This summer all four of them, who were raised in Washington D.C., are about to turn 100 years old.
They came together in church while growing in their personal faith, and their commitment to Christ is strong to this day.
“God has been good to me. I have no complaints. I have a good life,” said Bernice, who rides a bike and dances every day at 99 years old. “And God has been good to me.”
“When I get up in the morning, I have my mind stayed on Jesus,” Gladys added during their chat with the Post at their church.
Living to 100 has come with some huge historical moments, but the thing that tops the list for them is the election of President Barack Obama.
“It was wonderful, and I’m glad that the Lord gave me the opportunity to see this in my lifetime,” Leona said. ” I never thought I would see a Black president, so it was marvelous for me.”
When asked how their friendship has endured this long, Bernice believes that it’s because they have so much respect and love for each other and their sisterhood.
“The only thing I can say, we cared for each other. We loved each other,” Bernice shared. “And we just were friends all these years. Never had a cross word with any of them.”