Estelle Stogner had her day this past week, as Farmersville Mayor Bryon Wiebold declared a citywide remembrance to mark the 100th year of her life.
Stogner, born July 2, 1922, enjoyed a celebration of her birthday Friday, July 1, at Lexington Medical Lodge, where she has lived since February. She is a native of Celeste, the middle child of seven born in a family that raised cotton and corn in North Texas.
And, yes, she knew Audie Murphy, Farmersville’s famed son and World War II hero.
Wiebold read a lengthy proclamation declaring Friday, July 1 – Estelle Stogner’s 100th birthday – to be “Estelle Stogner Day in Farmersville, Texas.” The proclamation noted how Stogner walked five miles to and from school each day and was able to earn her high school diploma. Wiebold apologized for the length of the proclamation, but added that given the length of Stogner’s life, “there is a lot to say about her.”
Stogner’s husband, Kenneth, died 47 years ago. The couple raised one son, Thomas King, who also lives in Lexington Medical Lodge. Thomas has one daughter, Marissa King.
Stogner noted that her family is small but added that she “loves them desperately.”
“The only way I could love them more would be to have a bigger heart,” she added.
For the full story, see the July 7 issue of The Farmersville Times.