Mississippi  Winn's Memorial

Mississippi Winn
(1897 - 2011)


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Name: Ms Mississippi Winn
Gender: Female
Age: 113 years old
Lived: Wednesday, 31 March 1897 - Friday, 14 January 2011

My Story

Mississippi Winn was born in Benton, Louisiana in 1897. She was the 13th of 15 children born to Mack and Ellen Winn. She was a housekeeper all of her life and cleaned and cooked her own meals until the age of 103 when she moved into Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Shreveport in 2001.

She was the last living child of former slaves, according to census records.

She moved to Seattle, Washington, in c. 1957 and resided there for 18 years until her youngest sister's death in 1975. Her death caused Winn to move to Shreveport, where she had lived ever since.

Winn avoided dairy products, and took one vitamin and aspirin per day. Her favorite foods were fruits and vegetables. She was baptized at age 11 at Providence Baptist Church in Benton, LA. She later joined Avenue Baptist Church, where she was a member for 82 years. Members from the church presented her with a plaque entitled "The Marriage of Avenue Baptist Church and Miss Mississippi Winn." She received a letter from President Barack Obama.

Winn enjoyed sewing and reading the Bible. She never married, and had only one child, who died at age two. Winn had many nieces and nephews who most frequently called her "Aunt Sweetie".

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover presented a proclamation to her and named March 31 "Miss Mississippi Winn Day" in the city of Shreveport.

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Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Shreveport, Louisiana



Place of Passing: Shreveport, Louisiana
Date of Passing: 14 January 2011
Cause of Passing: Old age
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