Brunette Nelms, who had just turned 107 years old, sat at the keyboard of a piano entertaining guests at her recent birthday party at Town Village Audubon Park where she lives.
Her Town Village friends at the March 9 party noted that in addition to playing the piano, Nelms enjoys many activities such as line dancing and yoga, exercising and playing Trivia.
Betty Sampson, who is 92, revealed she lost a video bowling game to Nelms and had to concede she was beaten by a 107-year-old woman.
Jesse Spiceland, 92, said, “I go to exercise class at least four times a week and she is always there.”
And Jeanette Saino, 90, said, “She is at least 20 years younger than her age.”
Nelms is a member of a relative small group of Americans who have lived to be 100 or older. That number was about 72,000 in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nelms, who retired after 20 years as a school teacher, believes staying physically active helped her reach 107.
Nelms and her twin sister were born in Ashland, Miss., in 1910, and grew up there. Nelms was called Brunette and her sister, who died in 2001, was known as Blondie.
“We were never called by our real names,” Nelms said, adding that Brunette and Blondie became their legal names.
Nelms graduated from the University of Alabama in 1937.
She has two daughters. Her husband is deceased.