af7ed45f 281e 4e29 a699 49b6a39ab1c6 1920x1080From World War I to former President Barack Obama's time in office, Elizabeth Francis has seen the world go through a lot of changes. 

112 years young: Houstonian Elizabeth Francis celebrates her big day in a big way 

By Melissa Correa
via the KHOU television station (TX) web site

HOUSTON — Elizabeth Francis celebrated her 112th birthday on Sunday.

At 112, Francis deserves the parade neighbors put on at her north Houston home. She had an escort, wore a tiara, set up a well-positioned fan and was serenaded. The front-row seat to see her friends and family was all she needed to enjoy the day.

She even got a visit from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

Francis' granddaughter, 66-year-old Ethel Harrison, said the pandemic put a damper on the celebration last year.

"Last year, with the pandemic, we didn’t get to do a whole lot," Harrison said. "So, we're just so blessed that we still have her."

At 112, Francis still recognizes her loved ones, watches the news and carries hope.

"She’s very, very spiritual. And a lot of her strength comes from her faith that she has in God," Harrison said.

Francis was born in 1909. William Taft had just become President of the United States. The NAACP was in its infancy, only a few months old. At 7, Francis watched women fight for the right to vote. She lived through World War I and the Spanish Flu. She survived the Great Depression and lived through World War II. The March on Washington happened days after her 54th birthday. She saw the images from Vietnam and kept up with the space race. She's seen technology evolve and saw a monumental shift in civil rights for Americans. 

Read the entire article on the KHOU web site.

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