It isn’t often one is given the gift to live one hundred years nor for many to have the honor to know a person who is one hundred. All of us here at Palo Pinto Nursing Center are truly blessed to be able to care for and become acquainted with Mrs. Lou Sawyer.
Lou Sawyer was born October 13th, 1921 in Grand Saline, Texas. Lou was raised out in the country by devout Christian parents, although she strayed a little, she said with a little giggle. When asked which decade was her favorite, with a huge smile, “Not a decade, but about the time I entered school all through my teenage years. I had a wonderful, wonderful childhood. Growing up for one hundred years I’ve been through a lot, seen a lot of things.”
Gone are the days of Sears and Roebuck, but they hold dear memories for Mrs. Sawyer. For more than thirty years she worked as a catalog clerk Supervisor. Lou was married to the love of her life Mr. Tom Sawyer and they spent their days in service of others. Both were members of various groups, including the Freemasons, Eastern Star, and The Rebecca’s. They were devoted members in the Methodist church and sang in the choir together.
If you ask her what her secret to a long life is, without hesitation, “The Lord, has to be. I
thank the Lord for bringing me this far, though I have no idea why but I don’t question it.”
“What advice do you give younger generations?”
“I’ve been up some hills, down some hills, and around some curves. You just keep going. You have to.”
Surreal. Amazed. Humbled. It is hard to grasp the enormity of memories that span one hundred years. From living through the Great Depression, the major changes each decade brought. It is truly a privilege to know the great Lou Sawyer. Happy 100th Birthday.
Ashley Davis Interviewed Lou and wrote this article. We at Goodday Mineral Wells thank you in sharing this article with us.
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