Edna Mae Freeman surprised on 96th birthday

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Edna Mae Freeman celebrated her 96th birthday, Wednesday, May 19, at Monette Manor. A surprise birthday party was held in her honor by her family and friends.

Surrounding Mrs. Freeman, from left are, Layne Austin, Savannah Fowler, Billie Layne, Ryan Austin, Christi Austin, Frankie Grisham, Cindy Hatch and Marla Layne. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

Mrs. Freeman was born May 19, 1914, the daughter of Henry and Pearl Reaves Richardson, of Monette. He had one brother Roy Richardson.

Mrs. Freeman and her husband Charlie had a daughter, Olive Joe, two grandchildren, Paul Taylor and Elaine Taylor Fowler, and three great-grandchildren. Great granddaughter Savannah Fowler was present at the birthday party and stayed close by Mrs. Freeman's side.

Former students and friends of Mrs. Freeman brought cards and gifts throughout the afternoon, as they took turns visiting with her.

Special music was provided by Wesley Davis and members of the Yarbrough Baptist Church. Cake, ice cream and punch were served to the many guests in attendance.

"Having birthdays are really fun," Mrs. Freeman said. "Especially at my age. This has been a wonderful day."

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