CHIRENO, Texas – An East Texas woman has been recognized for her 80-year unbroken membership in her church.
Lilly Stone joined the Chireno United Methodist Church in 1933, when she was 8 years old. The Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches reports that Stone was recently awarded a plaque signed by the church's bishop and district superintendent honoring her longtime membership.
Stone says, "It was a shock. I really didn't know how long I had been a member. I didn't think about it."
Stone joined the church while living with her grandmother, whose house abutted the church's parsonage.
Stone celebrated her 88th birthday on Thursday.
Chireno is a town of about 400 people located about 200 miles southeast of Dallas.