Making her the oldest resident at Preston Place nursing home and one of the oldest original residents of Gordonville, Lucille Flowers turned 100 this past weekend.
The senior living facility held a birthday celebration on site Saturday.
Born in Savannah, Tennessee, Flowers lived in the state until she was 9 when her parents, who were sharecroppers, moved to Texas by way of the Sunshine Special Train.
Living in the Gordonville area all her life, Flowers attended Cedar Mills School until the 8th grade. After, she picked cotton for a living until she met her husband, who she calls a charming guitar player.
They were married for 60 years.
A survivor of tuberculosis when she was 27 and breast cancer when she was 46, Flowers admits that changes in medical technology have been some of the greatest advancements she has seen in her time.
“She’s one tough country girl” said daughter Barbara Reynolds citing her mother had a total hip replacement at 90 years old.
Flowers kept busy most of her life as a homemaker raising four children and living in the same home in Gordonville for at least 70 years. She served her kids homemade biscuits and gravy every morning and homemade cornbread with lunch every day.
Flowers did laundry by hand, making quilts — which for her were a family tradition — growing her own vegetables and becoming an excellent wild game cook with her husband’s hunting catches.
“She could cook anything you brought in the house,” said son Billy Jack Flowers.
“Except for the bear,” Reynolds interjected to a roar of laughter from the room.
Lucille Flowers is a proud mother to four children, grandmother to six grandchildren, great-grandmother to 10 and great-great-grandmother to 17 most of whom were in attendance at her birthday celebration along with other close family members and friends.
“Life has blessed me with many happy moments,” she said while surrounded by family.