102-year-old Florida Voter Witnessed 18 Presidential Elections

Ken Amaro is on your side. 11/3/2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Frankie Gause has been so many places and seen so many faces in her life and plans to do even more.

"I've had so many wonderful times in my life I can't begin to name them," she said.

She was born July 16, 1914, six years before women gained the right to vote - and she takes voting seriously.

"I voted every year since I was old enough," she said.

She's witnessed 18 presidential elections in her first century.

"Roosevelt was a good president," said Gause, referring to FDR.

And now, in her second century, there's only been one political cycle and it is one she would like to forget.

"It is the worst," she said, "it is awful."

But she won't. So she voted early and she voted for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. She said she met him several years ago and he was impressive.

"We were at his restaurants and he came over and talked with us," said Gause, "he is a very nice man."

Gause said she used to be a Democrat but became a Republican because its platform on family, abortion and marriage is more in line with her values.

"This is my family and we all stick together you can see that," she said.

She has four children and more than 32 grand children. She is the matriarch of a family that spans generations.

She's often asked what's the secret to her longevity and the answer is always the same:

"I don't have a secret," she said, "I just live like everyone else I just get out and go I'm not a homebody, I don't like sitting in the chair."

Bill, her son, said the secret to her success is her love of shopping.

Knowing the presidential election is less than a week away, Gause grabbed her walking cane and went with the family to vote at the Fleming Island Library.

She would never miss an election, not even this one, but she wants it to be over with soon.

"Why?" she asked. "There is too much confusion."

 


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