ALTON -- Pearly Ruth Froshour Elliot of Alton celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 15 with a reception held in her honor at the Alton Senior Citizen Center.
Proclamations were presented to Elliot from the city of Alton and Mike Dethrow and the Missouri House of Representatives congratulating her.
Her daughter-in-law, Ruth N. Elliot, said 77 people signed her guest book that day and enjoyed lunch with her.
Elliot was also honored with an event at Piney Creek Park on Aug. 19 that ended with fireworks. The event at the park was sponsored by the Alton Assembly of God Church. Earlier in the week, her Young at Heart group from the Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis where she used to live brought two vans of people to help Elliot celebrate her birthday.
Elliot was born in Octebia County, Mississippi and moved to Alton eight years ago from St. Louis.
She married Nathan E. Elliot in 1939. He died in 1968.
Elliot was a seamstress and did sewing in her home. Her family said she still does some alterations.
In 1967, Elliot retired from garment work. Needing an extra income she came up with a pattern for making handmade purses.
This past year Elliot has made a quilt for each of her three great-grandchildren.
Elliot had three children. Robert Elliot and Janice Elliot, both of Alton and Ernest Elliot who was killed in an accident when he was 16. She has five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three foster great-grandchildren.
Elliot was taught the Bible early in life by her father. Her daughter-in-law said she is a devout Christian and has been a member of the Assembly of God Church for many years. She is a charter member of Bradley Church of God in Mississippi.
Elliot tries to make it to the Alton Senior Citizen Center once a week and Shepherd's View in Alton once a month.