Houstonian celebrates 100th birthday

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HOUSTON - Happy birthday Virlee Shaw!

The birthday girl and her friends got together at the SHAPE Community Center to celebrate her big day.

You see, Mrs. Virlee was born in Leesburg… an itty bitty town in northeast Texas…. 100 YEARS AGO!

This beautiful, soft-spoken woman is one century old… 10 decades… 36,500 days.  And yes, she’s had a vice or two. “Whiskeyyy! That was my favorite drink when I was younger,” she laughs.

These days, the former winemaker sticks with vino and eats a lot of greens. Though she eats healthy, she credits God for her 100 years on Earth. And she’s still sharp as a tack telling us, “This technology is something else now.  You don`t have to do all of that. You`ve got a computer to do it for you. It`s wonderful, but you don`t learn as much as when you have to do it manually.”

Here are a few highlights of her 100 years. Some people say it, but Mrs. Virlee really did have to walk 5 miles a day to and from elementary school.

After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, she became a “Rosie the Riveter” building B-29’s in Detroit, Michigan.

In 1954, during segregation, she sued Winnsboro ISD, for withholding money to her daughter’s school, just because it was a school for blacks.  She and her two white lawyers won. “Put your faith and trust in God and he will deliver” she says.

Her advice to others, “Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.” Wise words, and many happy returns to you Mrs. Virlee!


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