A socially distanced birthday

Posted 7/21/20

Elizabeth Prestwood, who resides at the Madisonville Care Center, celebrated her 104th birthday July 15 with a cake and decorations inside the nursing home.

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A socially distanced birthday

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Elizabeth Prestwood, who resides at the Madisonville Care Center, celebrated her 104th birthday July 15 with a cake and decorations inside the nursing home.

Over a century in the making, Prestwood’s life has been filled with faith and love for those around her. Her son, Henry Carroll, named for his father, shared some of the memories that came to mind when asked what made his mother special.

“She used to be one of the best crocheters I have ever seen in my life,” said Henry Carroll Prestwood. “For almost 40 years, she read the Bible from the first page until the last page every year. She taught Sunday school and her and my father were superintendents of the senior department at their church."

Henry Carroll described his mother as “a good Christian lady” and stated the first thing she would ask you when you walked into a room was if you knew Jesus, and how well.

Elizabeth Prestwood attended the University of Houston to become a dietician. She was a dietician for the Houston school district for over 40 years, according to Henry Carroll’s estimation.

Elizabeth Prestwood had four children with her late husband, Henry Carroll Prestwood Sr., one of whom has since passed away. She is the mother of Henry Carroll, Mary Ann, Diane and the late Judy.

She was born July 15, 1916. When asked how she managed to make it this long, she replied with one of her trademark rhymes:

“People love me, yessiree! One, two, three, you for me, oooh boy!”

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