A special 100th birthday celebration for a sweet lady.


Have you ever been to a 100th birthday party or personally known anyone who turned 100?  Last Sunday, I was privileged to attend a celebration for a sweet lady I knew from my childhood church.   As soon as I heard Hassie was coming to town to celebrate her 100th birthday, I knew it was an occasion not to be missed.

The four of us took off Sunday morning (hubby, mom, aunt and me) with food in the trunk.  We were having lunch after church (or dinner on the ground as we southerners call it).  Since my granny had attended this church as well, I wanted to make something of hers.  One of the things she was known for was her cakes and I came across her coconut pound cake in the church’s old cookbook.  I made that along with a new coleslaw recipe I’d been thinking about.

It was like old home week seeing folks I’d known many years ago and that knew my family.  We visited for quite some time before the service started.  The church service was really special with an opportunity for people to share what Hassie meant to them and recall memories of the past.   She is still as sharp as a tack and full of humor and spoke up when people were telling their stories about her.  We sang some of her favorite songs and listened to the pastor bring a message on being a good steward and using your resources wisely.


Celebrating with friends and family.  The little girl is her great great granddaughter.

After church, we went to the fellowship hall for lunch.  If you’ve never been to an old-fashioned southern potluck (dinner on the ground) after church, you don’t know what you’re missing.  We LOVE to eat and you certainly don’t go away hungry (if you do, it’s your own fault).  There was no way to taste everything….just look at all this food!  I’d say there are some mighty good cooks here (of course, it’s the south).


We know how to put food on the table y’all!


Mmmmm!  How about these desserts?


There was a special flyer made up for Hassie’s birthday.  Here’s part of her message to us:

The last few years, I have been active in my church, as much as I could, and I wish I could have done more for the Lord.  My legs and back are aging (imagine that at 100), so I have only been able to go to church.  I would love to be able to serve the Lord more for my church.

I am truly a “Blessed Lady” and hope that my life at 100 will be a true example of my love for people.

Thank you to all of my family and friends for helping me to celebrate my 100th birthday.

Here are some interesting facts about Hassie that were shared in the flyer as well:

In her younger years, you could find Hassie fishing, hunting or riding horses.  She held her first job at a “silk factory” when she was 15.  Growing up, she did not have what are considered today as essentials: electricity, indoor plumbing or a telephone.  She got her first refrigerator and washing machine after her daughter was born.

Hassie was before…

television, penicillin, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic and Frisbees.  She was before radar, credit cards, fluorescent lights and ballpoint pens.  For her, time-sharing meant togetherness, not computers or condominiums, a chip meant a piece of wood, hardware meant tools and software wasn’t even a word.  She was before Vitamin pills, contact lenses, Scotch tape, M&M’s and the automatic shift.

No one flew across the country.  She was before the Titanic and the Hindenberg disasters, before helicopters and space walks on the moon.  She was before ice-makers, dishwashers, microwaves, dryers and freezers.  Cheerios, frozen orange juice, instant coffee and McDonald’s were unheard of.  She was in the days of “moonshine” cause liquor was illegal.

In her time, there were five and ten cent stores, when you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.  A nickel could buy you a Coke, a loaf of bread, an ice cream cone, and enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.

How about that?  She’s sure seen a lot of changes in her life! 

Would you believe she still drives too?  She thinks she’s better than some drivers she knows!

Sitting in that church brought back some precious memories.  When I saw one of my granny’s good friends, I wanted to cry.  It made me miss her so much.  I could just imagine sitting next to her on the pew.  When one of the ladies found out who my granny was, she started talking about her pink chicken and dumplings, which made me laugh (check out that story here).  The man who carried me out of church one Sunday after falling asleep on the pew was there (wow, that was a long time ago).   People were talking to my mom and aunt about my Big Daddy (grandfather) and his junkyard.  Yep, I was around a junkyard as a kid (now that’s another story).  What special memories.

As we went to leave, my husband told Hassie we’d see her at her 105th.  Her comment?  She said she was ready to retire!  What a wonderful celebration for a sweet lady and faithful servant.  She’s a shining example for us all.


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6 Responses to Celebrating a 100th Birthday!

  1. Kel says:

    What a beautiful post! thank you.

  2. Last month, my husband and I celebrated the 100th birthday of a great bachelor. He was just a farm boy from South Dakota, got a degree in accounting, and made his way to Los Angeles and Hollywood. He became a big time accountant and investment counselor to the likes of Jack Benny, George Burns, Jack LaLanne, and others. He even played poker with them on Saturday nights. This old bachelor can still drive and has a seventy year old girl friend.

  3. Robin,
    My friend’s Mother-in-law is 107. She’s losing some of her memory and lives in a assisted living facility but they celebrated her birthday and she danced with the director. She got written up in the local paper. If you’re interested, here’s the link to the article.

    Natalie Porter marks 107 years!

    BY BOB BAIRD Although Natalie Porter’s life has left her a little short of details, she’s quick to dispense plenty of philosophy. “You get to be a certain age,” she…

    View on http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2014/10/09/natalie-porter-marks-107-years/


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