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Woman describes moment her 111-year-old grandmother met Michelle Obama

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A woman from Georgia recently recounted a meeting she and grandmother Willie Mae Hardy, who turned 111 this year, shared with an “amazed” former first lady Michelle Obama at a book signing in Atlanta. 

“[Obama] was really amazed at how well she looked, how healthy she looked, and how she could still articulate and talk about things,” Veronica Edwards, Hardy’s granddaughter and caregiver, said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published Thursday.

{mosads}Harding, the granddaughter of a slave, was raised on a plantation in Junction City, Ga. She relocated to Atlanta in 1939, moved to DeKalb County years later to be with her daughter and grandkids and now lives in Kirkwood.

Edwards said the meeting between Obama and Hardy was orchestrated earlier this year with the help of local nonprofit Mother’s Legacy Foundation, which works with older residents in Kirkwood.

Carrie Johnson Salone, the co-founder of the group, told the Journal-Constitution that she had worked with Atlanta City Council member Natalyn Mosby Archibong and other community members to get Hardy free tickets to the “Becoming” book tour appearance in May.

Salone said “what was so phenomenal” about Hardy’s meeting with Obama was that she “was able to talk about her background” with the former first lady. 

Though May was Hardy’s first time meeting with the former first lady in person, she received a birthday note from Obama and her husband in 2012.

In the letter, the former first couple praised Hardy and said her life represented “an important part of the American story.”

“As you reflect upon a lifetime of memories, we hope you are filled with tremendous pride and joy,” they also added at the time.

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