Friends and family of Pearl Cantrell of Richland Springs gathered together to celebrate Pearl’s 101st Birthday on March 13th, 14th and 15th. The party was held at the Lakeview schoolhouse and was hosted by her children, Bill Allen of Reklaw; Bill and Lou Larsen of Sugarland; Ruth Kruger of San Angelo; Faye Eden Currie of San Saba and James and Anno Richards of Abilene.
A hamburger supper was held on Friday night for those arriving early. Matt Gaskell of East Texas cooked the burgers and also cooked breakfast each morning for those who camped out at the schoolhouse for a weekend of fun. Over 120 people came out during the weekend to help her celebrate.
Pearl had five of her children there, 18 grandchildren, 24 great- grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.
Saturday was filled with visiting and lots of food. Kenneth Smith of Odessa cooked Barbequed ribs and sausage with all the trimmings, with help from Bobby Eden of Taylor; Tommy Larsen of Houston and Kenny Larsen of Bacliff and a host of others. The cooking crew also barbequed brisket for Saturday night with all the trimmings.
After lunch James and Anno Richards took Pearl to visit Moe Bandy at Brady. Pearl loves music, dancing and Moe Bandy. A dance was held on Saturday night at Lakeview with Larry Spivey and Gene Christian of Coleman providing the music.
Each year two quilts are given away. A Family Quilt with all of Pearl’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren’s names embroidered on it was hand crafted by daughters, Faye Eden Currie and Ruth Kruger.
Juila DeWitt (Pearls great-great granddaughter) of San Saba won the quilt. Pearl's niece, Billie Hudson of San Angelo was the winner of a quilt that Pearl made and quilted by hand.
Breakfast was served on Sunday morning and then everyone cleaned up, packed up and went home, until next year! Happy Birthday Granny Pearl!