Charleston centurion to get key to the city

      Marguerite Michel (WCIV)

      By Tessa

      CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- One of Charleston's oldest residents will be awarded the key to the city today during a city council meeting.

      Native Charlestonian, Marguerite Michel, is a young 101-years-old. She was born on March 21, 1911 in downtown Charleston.

      She credits her faith in God as the key to her longevity saying, "He wakes me up in the morning. I say good morning, God. Thank you for another day."

      Mrs. Michel worked as a school lunchroom manager in the former A. B. Rhett Elementary for 25 years. Her motto back then, "Feed them so they can learn."

      She is still very active in her church -- historic Mother Emanuel AME on Calhoun Street. She is a stewardess and president of the Floral Guild.

      When asked about her memories of Charleston she said simply,"I just love being in Charleston."

      Mrs. Michel has seven children, 11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren.