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Crain celebrates 90th birthday

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lawrence Crain, 90, of Ozark Acres celebrated his birthday with family and friends this past Easter weekend.

"I met Lawrence through some friends, when he worked at General Motors," said his wife, Alice. "Everyone called him 'Slim.' We got along and on June 20, 1967, we were sitting at the table at his house and he looked around, then looked over at me and said, "If you would want to marry me, you would have to find us a big enough house."

Crain had five children and Alice had six, so she immediately began looking for a big house.

They spent their honeymoon in Arkansas and decided to build a retirement home in Ozark Acres.

The Crain's belong to New Hope Baptist Church, where Lawrence served as an elder and continues to supply Our Daily Bread's monthly. He loves being outside and working in the yard and garden, but isn't really able to anymore. This will be the first year he hasn't done a little garden at least.

Every Easter, anywhere from 70 to 80 family members come together to celebrate the season and attend church together.

This Easter, they had 62 people, four dogs, neighbors and church members visit for Crain's birthday. The family members now reside in Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Texas, Florida, Colorado and Hawaii.