Lazybrook/Timbergrove neighbor Betty Bryant has seen it all. Her most recent adventure: celebrating her 100th birthday on Monday, Nov. 27 with her family.
Born in Gladwin, Michigan, Bryant is a newspaper woman. She made an honest living as a lino typesetter for her local newspaper in Gladwin, later taking her trade to local publications in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Texas.
In the late 40s, Bryant came to visit sister, Margaret Luttrell, in Houston. While visiting – and reading her local news – Bryant came across a particular employment advertisement.
“She saw an ad in the Brownsville newspaper and jumped on a bus to Brownsville and got the job,” son Eddie Bryant said. “While in Brownsville, my Mom met my Dad and after courtship were married and moved to Texas City.”
Betty Bryant is the mother to three children: Bruce, Eddie and Carrie. She is a grandma, a great-grandma, and even now a great-great-grandma to the newest member, Luke.
To celebrate the grand birthday, sisters Lois Peterson, 97, Margaret Luttrell, 94, and Judy Schnebelt, 82, came to Texas to give thanks on turkey day and celebrate their sister’s birthday on Friday, Nov. 26. Family from all over came into town to celebrate their leading lady.
If you ask Betty what her secrets are to making it to see her 100th birthday, her immediate answer is naps; lots and lots of naps. Prioritizing eating well and having green tea are of importance, too, she says.
Happy birthday, Betty.