Crowd turns out to celebrate Central Texas woman’s 100th birthday
VALLEY MILLS, Texas (KWTX) - A Central Texas woman born a year and a half after the end of World War I who is affectionately known to residents of Valley Mills as “Meme” celebrated her 100th birthday over the weekend with a party at Santa Fe Park and Depot surrounded by five generations of family members and dozens of friends.
Eighty family members came for barbeque and another 100 members of the community showed up for dessert.
“Well, it means the world to me,” said Christine McMillian, who was born Christine Sadler on June 26, 1921, near Turnersville where her father ran a cotton gin.
She and her family later moved to the China Spring area to work a dairy and then to Cayote an unincorporated community north of Valley Mills in Bosque County, which would have been named Coyote, were it not for a spelling error, where they farmed.
While in school in Cayote, Christine met the love her life, Jack McMillian, and the couple married on Jan. 27, 1940.
It was a love that lasted a lifetime until Jack’s death in 2015, just one week after the two celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.
“He adored her. He always wanted to provide for her,” granddaughter Lauren Poston of Crawford said.
The couple had one child, John who later married.
He and his wife Scarlett both have meant a great deal to Meme over the years, and they’re just part of a long family legacy of love.
Meme now has five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
She has lived a long and prosperous life without ever leaving Central Texas, and Lauren says her grandmother’s impact has been huge.
Meme was president of the women’s society of the United Methodist Church at Cayote for 10 years.
And she could bake, too.
Lauren recalls as a child watching as residents lined up at the Mini-Max Grocery Store in Valley Mills where Meme worked to buy her homemade town-favorite Ranger Cookies.
“They were kind of like oatmeal,” Lauren recalled.
“People would line up until she sold out.”
Jack always cooked for the volunteer fire department’s annual fundraiser and after he passed away, Meme continued to go, baking pies to be auctioned.
“During the auction people would buy it and then donate it back,” Lauren said.
“One year it even raised $2,700.”
Meme is still living life to the fullest.
She attends sporting events, plays dominoes with other senior citizens in town, and still goes to Crawford once a week to get her hair done.
Her family says while she’s thankful to reach 100, Meme has plans for many more birthdays to come.
“She loves to live. She loves to go. She still goes to her great grandkids’ baseball and softball games. She doesn’t want to miss a beat.”
“And yes, the entire town calls her Meme.”
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