MARLIN (December 27, 2013) Vernell Dupree, 82, of Marlin got the keys to her new mortgage-free home last week and moved in just in time for Christmas.
The house was paid for through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Two other Marlin residents also got new homes through the same grant program.
"I love it," Dupree said. "It is so pretty and clean."
Dupree's new house is on the same lot where the home she shared with her late husband once stood.
"This is mom's original lot. She moved into it in 1956,” said Dupree’s daughter, Beverly, who helped her mother apply for the new home.
The process took two years, but the women say it was well worth the wait.
"She has a brand new house," Beverly Dupree said.
"Two bedrooms, a bathroom, handicapped accessibility."
A few years ago Dupree's original home because too dilapidated to live in and she was forced to move out.
She admits watching workers tear down the old house full of memories was hard.
"I thought about it but I didn't cry," Dupree said.
Dupree said she is ready to make new memories in a new house with her family.
"It all comes from God," Dupree said.
"I like that and I have to talk about God. He is good. This is good."