Austin County resident celebrates 98th birthday

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About 100 people gathered Saturday afternoon at a sprawling property in Brazos Country. The party was complete with a keg of beer, a live band and lots of family members offering well-wishes to the birthday girl.

She was celebrating her 98th birthday.

Frances Bollom has never been one to shy away from festivities. Her sense of humor is intact, and she loves surrounding herself with friends and family.

“The Lord has been good to me,” she said. “I have so many people to thank, then I’ll shut up.”

Her husband Bill also expressed his gratitude.

“I can’t believe so many good people showed up,” he said, then gestured to his wife. “This is the most beautiful person I could ever imagine.”

A neighbor noted that 27 years ago he and his wife were told that a newlywed couple would be moving across the street.

“We kept waiting,” he said. “We thought maybe they were the newlywed couple’s grandparents … What beautiful neighbors they have been. We watch them fall in love more every day. We have really enjoyed them.”

The guests heard from a live band – complete with accordion music – and offered a prayer to bless the birthday girl and her family.

“We pray that she’ll be here many more years,” a friend said.

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