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Liberty's oldest resident dies
HansieTroha Age 106
Flora "Hansie" Troha sits wih her son, Herman, during a family reunion in June 2007. - photo by Photo provided.
Services for Flora" Hansie Sharpe Troha had not been announced by the time of publication.
The woman who may have been Liberty County’s oldest living resident has died.
Flora “Hansie” Sharpe Troha died Tuesday at Coastal Manor Nursing Home. An article about her sons’ 126 years of service in the U.S. Army was published in the Coastal Courier on Sunday.
She was 106 years old.
Those who knew Troha say she epitomized the meaning of love, family and God.
“I’ve never seen a more loving, generous, spontaneous family,” Patricia Starling said of her great-aunt’s example, “and a more godly family than the Trohas. Family was everything [to Flora].”
Troha was the mother of 11 children – 10 boys and one girl.
Family members say she loved them all the same.
“The love in that household was something that you felt when you walked in the door,” Troha’s niece Bethann Starling said “It just permeated everything.”
But God always came first for Troha, according Bethann Starling.
“I remember as a young child, she told me one time, ‘if you want joy in your life, put Jesus first, others second and yourself last,’” she said.  
Flora was born in 1902 in Toombs County to Herman Hansell Sharpe and Rebecca Florence Clifton Sharpe.
She had seen America brought to its knees during The Great Depression, the persecution of the Jews during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War (having sons serving in all three) and a host of other national events.
But her son Daniel Troha said that despite everything she had endured, her spirits were never broken.
“I never seen my mom really down,” her seventh son said. “She just had a positive outlook on life. Her faith was so strong that it just carried over to everybody.”
Daniel Troha said his mother offered her encouraging services free.
“Everything she did, she did not do it to be recognized for it. She did it from the goodness of her heart,” he said. “She was just a wonderful mother and a wonderful person.”
Memorial and funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.
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