LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Back in 1909, a loaf of bread was nine cents and a gallon of milk was only 56 cents. But for 105-year-old Sadie Denton, the day of June 13, 1909 feels just like yesterday.
On Friday, Grace Care Center, a nursing home in Lufkin, threw another one of their "Grace Filled Dreams," a program that gives residents a dream of a lifetime.
Denton was dressed to the nines in a red dress, long pearls and a matching purse as she waited patiently for guests to arrive to the Glenrock building in Lufkin. Denton says she wanted to have a big birthday bash for her 105th birthday and wanted everything decked out in the color red.
"My husband didn't like for me to wear red, and I pleased him," Denton said.
When asked why her husband didn't like her to wear red she said, "I don't know. I never did find that question out."
Denton's friends and family said she is an opinionated woman who has to have everything perfect. So, it was no surprise she wore a sparkling tiara and shoes to match.
"I think it's a very, very nice thing of the nursing home to do this. You know, when you reach the age of 105, I think it's very special. Very, very special," said Shirley Metts, Denton's niece.
Denton said she was astonished by the amount of work Grace Care Center put into her party, but the most important thing was her big, beautiful birthday cake.
"She said she wanted a big birthday cake and a really big party so here we are!" said Wendy Brandenburg, the admission coordinator for Grace Care Center.
"I think it's wonderful. She had made the remark that she didn't have a big birthday last year. She said they just made her a little cake," said Martha Mayes, Denton's niece.
Hundreds were in attendance including Mayor Bob Brown who announced June 13th as Sadie Denton's 105th Celebration of Life Day.
Despite never having children, Denton said she had a good, but long life. When asked about her secret to longevity, she said it's simple. God isn't through with her yet.
"That I know. The lord has let me live. I've done a lot of things," Denton said.
Grandough's Baking Company, Clinique at the Lufkin Belk, and Heart to Heart Hospice were some of the local businesses who also contributed to the surprise.