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Vacaville widow of a Tuskeegee Airman turns 99

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Courtesy Photo/Olivia Stringer, Solano Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Perhaps the secret to longevity is a simple as Xanthia Warren says — healthy living.

But those who know the Vacaville woman, who recently celebrated her 99th birthday, say it’s also an abundance of love and of giving.

Whatever the case, a visit Friday with Warren, widow of Air Force Lt. Colonel James Warren, one of the original the Tuskeegee Airmen, revealed she was as spirited and stylish as ever.

Under cover of a plastic barrier outside Cornerstone Assisted Living, Xanthia debuted a sleek coif, commenting on how much she liked it. She slowly extricated herself from her walker and smoothed her matching top and skirt as she sat, putting a contrasting cardigan to one side.

Turning 99, she said, “is just another year.”

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