9 women over 90 honored for service to DAR

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored 9 of their Daughters over 90 for their years of service and dedication to our country.

This may be one of the last times these 9 Daughters of the American Revolution all get together.

The "Anthony Smith Chapter" of the DAR hosted an event to honor these women for their combined 340 years of service.

Dana Sherman Schulze is receiving her 50 year certificate today after being in the DAR for more than 57 years. She says, "Well they're just honoring us oldies. The ones who are 90 or over and I'm 91 so that made me be qualified and I've been in it longer than anyone else here. I guess I just outlived them. I've been in 57 years."

Schulze said it's an honor to be recognized like her ancestors. "To think that one of my ancestors fought in the American revolution…that was an important step to this country."

A representative from the state also honored, Nelwyn Augusta Jenkins, who will be 100 years old January 10, 2013 and with many of the other Daughters in their 90's, Nelwyn is the oldest member.

Frances Davis Peavy has been a member since 1961 and enjoys the work the DAR does for the community like their scholarship program.
Peavy's ancestor was Charlie "The Hunter" Polk, a captain in the Revolutionary War. She says, "It makes you aware of where you came from and where you hope to be going."

The DAR meets once a month and all the ladies really enjoy visiting with each other and sharing their stories and rich American history.

The DAR has been around since 1890 and it's members and volunteers promote the organization's objectives of historic preservation, education and patriotism.

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