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Mabel Pousson, who turned 101 years old on Thursday, celebrates her birthday Saturday at her Bayou Vista home. Her birthday wish was to live to see her 102nd birthday.

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Mabel Pousson poses for a photo with her children during her 101st birthday party Saturday in Bayou Vista. From left, are son Lionel Aucoin, Pousson, daughter Linda Durapau, and son, Vincent Aucoin. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

A century plus one

Bayou Vista woman celebrates 101st birthday

Mabel Pousson attributes living a healthy lifestyle to reaching a milestone that few people ever do.

Pousson’s life began a year before the United States entered World War I.

Family and friends threw a party Saturday at her Bayou Vista home to celebrate her 101st birthday. She turned 101 years Thursday. Pousson, a Stephensville native, has lived in Bayou Vista for over 50 years.

According to 2010 U.S. Census data, only one of every 5,786 people in the country was at least 100 years old.

Pousson still strives to do the things that got her to the age she is now.

“I try to eat the right things. I like vegetables,” Pousson said.

She also says never doing drugs or drinking alcohol has helped her live a long life.

“I took care of myself,” she said.

Pousson had seven children, five sons and two daughters. Her daughter, Linda Durapau, lives with her and helps take care of her.

Three of her children are still living, including Durapau and sons, Lionel Aucoin and Vincent Aucoin.

“She always was a good mama,” Durapau said.

“I raised my seven kids, and I was happy with my seven kids,” Pousson said.

She used to work as a “crab picker” at a processing plant in Morgan City.

Pousson had a good time celebrating her birthday, and said her favorite part was seeing all of her family and friends.

She has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and even some great-great-grandchildren.

Her 101st birthday wish was to live to see her 102nd birthday.

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