By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 20, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The oldest living FAMU alumna has passed away.
Florida A&M University confirmed the news Wednesday morning.
Gussie Williams Mallory was a member of the FAMU Class of 1943 and was 107 years old.
FAMU President Elmira Mangum issued the following statement on Mrs. Mallory's passing.
"I am saddened to announce the home-going of our oldest alumna Mrs. Gussie Williams Mallory, whose 107th birthday was celebrated just 18 days ago. A member of the Class of 1943, Mrs. Mallory spent decades teaching and shaping the lives of children in Jefferson and Leon counties. While we mourn her passing, we will celebrate her contributions to Florida A&M University and to the broader community.
When I visited with Mrs. Mallory two weeks ago, she was frail, but I could tell that her spirit was indomitable and that a serene peace had surrounded her. Mrs. Mallory's impact and resilience were truly inspiring, and we join her family and friends in saluting the life and legacy of this fallen Rattler."
WCTV was there for Mallory’s 106th birthday party last year.
At that time, she told us what it takes to live to be 106.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Give them wisdom, give them knowledge, but with all that giving, give them understanding. Treat everybody nice, regardless of race, color, or creed" said Mallory.