If you ask Cecile Weathers of Sherman to tell about her life, you may need to pull up a comfortable chair and clear your schedule … for a week or so. After all, the lively, little lady has been around awhile — 104 years, to be exact. That calculates out to be 37,960 days and 911,040 hours — a lot of living that few people get the opportunity to experience.
Cecile celebrated her birthday Friday at Traditions in Sherman where she resides. She was surrounded by some of her favorite people and things — her daughter and son-in-law, Nelda and Don Allen of Sherman, friends from both outside and inside the facility, a chocolate cake and pink decorations. Dressed to the nines in a sparkly, dark mauve/pink suit, dangly, crystal-like earrings and a bright smile, the honoree greeted guests, visited with friends and blew out the candles on her birthday cake quicker than most youngsters.
Her daughter and staff members laughed and shook their heads in amazement as Weathers happily dug into her birthday cake, followed by two helpings of ice cream, in between welcoming lots of birthday hugs and well-wishes. Even Sherman Mayor Bill Magers dropped by to present Weathers with a special birthday proclamation honoring her achievement.
Like many people in 1908, Cecile was born into a rural family. The eldest of seven children, she grew up on a cotton farm in Haskell. It was a life of hard work, the days stretching from well before daylight until long after dark. Somewhat of a tomboy, Cecile says she preferred plowing the fields and handling the teams of mules and horses to actually picking cotton. She also handled other daily chores, helping in the house and caring for her younger siblings. She developed a lifelong passion for baking by using the family’s wood stove.
After high school, the determined young woman began attending Wayland Baptist University in Plainview. There she met her husband, Elmer Merle Weathers, who was also a student at the school. They married when Cecile was 20, and the two finished their college education, even walking down the aisle together to receive their college diplomas.
From there Merle Weathers began his lifelong work as a Baptist minister and Cecile remained at his side, aiding the ministry, raising their daughter, and keeping the family’s home. The family lived in small communities throughout Texas as Merle Weathers ministered to various churches.
After Merle’s death, Cecile remained in her home in Canyon until 2004 when she moved to Sherman to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She remained in an independent senior living apartment until several injuries forced her to switch into an assisted living site. Though no longer able to walk, Cecile is still doing fairly well physically, considering her age, says her daughter.
She takes only one prescription medication, wears glasses so she can see, is somewhat hard of hearing but not deaf, and still has enough of her own teeth that eating isn’t a problem. She especially enjoys visiting with family and friends and is still crazy about chocolate.