Bradley County resident Verna Loveless Bragg, formerly of Madison, Ind., celebrated a century of living Dec. 8 with a multitude of family and friends from across the country at Ladd Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Born Dec. 9, 1913, in Topeka, Kan., Bragg moved to Bradley County in 2011 to live with her daughter, Bureen Mann and son-in-law, Bill. The mother of three children, Bragg has nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Throughout her lifetime, Bragg has worked as a physical therapy assistant, nurse assistant and nanny. She’s also been very active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, having served in the Dorcas Society, Missionary Volunteers, Sabbath School and the church orchestra. She’s an accomplished saxophonist and also has a degree in herbology.
Bragg has witnessed several historical milestones throughout her long life including World Wars I and II, the stock market crash of 1929, the Great Depression, the space age, the Civil Rights era, the Vietnam and Korean wars, and the end of the Cold War.
She enjoys working word puzzles, making crafts and watching the Three Angels Broadcasting Network on television.
Bragg attributes her longevity to her religious faith and vegetarian diet.
“I’ve never been a meat eater, but I do eat well,” Bragg said. “I’ve lived life as a Christian and I’ve chosen to always have a positive outlook. I’m happy.”