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What is the secret to a long lifespan? One might tell you health, the other would tell you that happiness is the key to live as long as you can. One woman gave a different piece of advice – avoiding men. Her name was Jessie Gallan, born on a farm in 1906, Kintore, Scotland. She had 5 sisters and 1 brother. At the tender age of 13, Jessie left her family to become a milkmaid. Aged 109, she was Scotland’s oldest woman.

Her daily routine included only a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and plenty of exercise – she had never dated or married anyone. Her advice? Fill your life with the “things that make you happy,” she says.

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Jessie passed away in late March 2015, in the Crosby House care home located in Aberdeen. Rest in peace, Jessie.

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