Loving your family and never going to bed angry is the secret to a long, happy life, Santa Fe Trails resident Lois Thompson said.
Thompson turned 100 years old on Friday, and in celebration the Cleburne assisted living facility hosted a party for her over the weekend.
She said being raised on a farm in Bosque County helped shape her character.
“We shared all the work out on the farm,” she said. “[My late husband] helped me with the kids, and I helped with some work. We worked hard.
“The kids helped with the chores when they got big enough. We always raised our own vegetables. We had chickens and milked cows. We had pigs and sheep.”
They had four children, so staying at home to take care of them was her priority.
“With four kids, you work but you’re at home,” she said. “He said if I took care of the kids and did house work, that was a job in itself.”
She was born and raised in Texas, but they spent about seven years in California before coming back to Texas during the Great Depression. California was the only place anyone could find work at the time, she said.
She and her late husband celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary in 2017. She said he lived on the farm next door to her.
“Back then, when the parents got together to play cards or something, the kids would run around in the house and play,” she said. “Well, I hid behind a dresser. He got behind it too and gave me a kiss on the cheek and asked me if I’d be his girl.
“I guess I was his girl from then on because we grew up together and everybody said we were meant to be together because we were always together. Then we got married when I was 18.”
They have 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Things were different when she was growing up compared to today, she said.
“Back then, you never locked your door,” she said. “Something that is different now is peoples’ morals.”
Eating dinner together as a family was important to them, she said.
“Meal time is family time,” she said. “Everybody comes to the table, we do the blessing and then you eat. If you weren’t hungry, you still sat at the table. That was the way it was. Everything was done as a family.”
Her son, Billy Thompson, said over 50 friends and family attended his mom’s birthday celebration over the weekend.
“That shows the good life she’s lived,” Billy Thompson said. “Her mind for 100 years is as sharp as it can be. Everybody says that, but it’s true.”
Lois Thompson said she’s been wheelchair bound for the past five years, but is thankful God gave her the ability to remember everything about her life.