It’s not every day a senior living center sees a resident turn 100.
Last week, Parsons House La Porte held a birthday party for three residents who have either reached the century mark or or soon will.
Noila Green turned 100 July 22; Allie Mills’ 100th birthday will take place Nov. 29; and Maggie Nesbit’s 100th birthday is Dec. 18.
The assisted living community, at 8727 Fairmont Parkway, brought in family, friends and La Porte city officials to help the residents celebrate their birthdays Sept. 22.
Photo boards representing the women’s lives were displayed, and guests watched a video, Tell Us Your Story, showcasing La Porte’s history. Parsons House staff members said they’re impressed with the three birthday ladies, who are positive women who still enjoy life.
“We feel blessed to be in the company of such wise and dynamic individuals,” Executive Director Colleen Moody said.
Green, who was raised in Hayes, La., lived in La Porte from 1950 to 2008 and then in Baytown.
Green is a Cajun at heart who loves chicken stew and the New Orleans Saints and remembers when neighborhood children asked her for cookies and called her “Momo Green.”
A widow, Green has four children, 17 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 29 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Before moving to Parsons House, Green was an avid gardener who won several yard-of-the-month awards.
She also loves dancing, bingo, card games and spending time at church.
Green looks back at her life with contentment. “I never had a rich life, but we always had enough to live,” she said.
Though Mills lived briefly in Humble as a child, she spent most of her childhood in rural central Texas.
“We went to Sunday school and church and went Kodaking (taking pictures) on Sunday afternoons,” she said. “If we wanted ice cream we had to make it; nothing was open.”
As an adult, she lived in La Porte for 65 years and worked as a beautician. She has two sons, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mills said followed her mother’s example and was a strict parent. “She was good to us, but when she said no, she meant no.”
If she could do anything differently, Mills said, she might have pursued her goal of becoming a schoolteacher. But she said she has no complaints.
“I thought I had a wonderful life. I never thought I’d live to be a hundred.”
Unlike many of her contemporaries, Nesbit was a working mother in the 1930s and ’40s.
I was a comptometer operator,” said Nesbit, referring to an early form of today’s calculator that required fast finger work.
Nesbit was born in Fort Worth and after marrying in 1934, lived in Angleton, and later in Galena Park.
She has two daughters, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Nesbit remembers her first car â€” a Chevrolet. She spent many of her adult years working, caring for her children and attending church.
Today, she enjoys arts and crafts, bingo and card games.
Daughter Diana Clements described her mother as “a generous woman.”
“The thing I can always remember about her was she was always trying to help someone in some way,” said Clements, who lives in Galena Park.