May 28, 2016 Key to the City, Recipient Josephine Finley Prince
Vice Mayor Steve Ly presented Josephine “Granny” Finley Prince with a Key to the City at her 100th birthday party on May 28, 2016. This was her actual birthday and had a large birthday celebration with over 150 friends and family to help her celebrate this remarkable milestone.
Ms. Prince has lovingly raised twelve children in Leesville, Louisiana. In 1988 she left Louisiana and moved to California to live with family. In 2001, the family moved from San Francisco, California to Elk Grove, California.
Tonia Valmore wrote this about her Grandmother:
My Granny has enjoyed many experiences and pastimes, including raising her family, which has grown to include at least 24 grandchildren and abundant blessings of great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and great-great-great-grandchildren… there are FIVE GENERATIONS and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins! Throughout her blessed life, Granny has been a friend and queenly inspiration to all who have come to know her or hear about her and have had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She loves unconditionally! Through her tremendous love for God, numerous family and friends, she has genuinely touched and positively influenced in special and lasting ways the lives of family, friends and people in the communities she has called “home.” Granny’s faith in God has helped guide and nurture her spiritual journey throughout her entire life. She has especially enjoyed living in California! Granny truly adores all of her grandchildren and anyone that calls her “Granny or Nanny”! When family tells Granny they love her, she always replies “I LOVE YOU MORE!”
Josephine continues to live a blessed life.