100-year-old Chesapeake woman raps on birthday

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 31 at 10:21 PM

CHESPEAKE—Verna Owen of Chesapeake celebrated Easter Sunday by turning 100 years old.

At her age, she bowls, writes and even raps. “ It's a cruel, cruel world when you stop to think.  If you want to survive you got to swim not sink. So we mustn’t stop when we're growing older. We must soldier the burden like a very brave soldier,” Owen rapped.

She stays active. In 2011, Verna was the oldest female to compete in the National Senior Games in Houston, Texas. She picked up two silver medals in the discus and bowling.

Sixty of her family members from nine states are in town to celebrate her birthday. Her son Ad Owen reflected on her teachings. "Try it.  Don't say you can't do it.  Don't say you don't have a taste for it.  You don't know if you haven't tried it.  So try it, and see what life brings to you. Don't miss out."

"I just stand in amazement of my mother.  I hope that I have a little bit of those genes." daughter Vonne Purcell said.

Verna says even her rap song has a message.  “So on with the show; do it nice and neat. Today is the day we must all compete. That is knock 'em cold! Bring on the Gold.  As you all know there's rappin' in my soul..."
 

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