Ollie Chidester Lewis Purvis celebrates 100th birthday

Pictured during the 100th birthday celebration are (from left) great-grandson Joseph Fuentes, great-granddaughter Hallie Fuentes, granddaughter Liz Lewis-Fuentes, honoree Ollie Chidester Lewis Purvis, and great-grandson Dylan Fuentes.

Denham Springs resident Ollie Chidester Lewis Purvis celebrated her 100th birthday at her home on Sept. 22 with approximately 35 guests.

Ollie was thrilled and emotional by the excitement of her day. In her speech, she thanked everyone for a wonderful weekend. She also emphasized that she loved each and every one of her family and friends. Ollie received many cards and flowers from friends and family who were unable to attend, as well as hundreds of Facebook likes, loves, wows, and birthday wishes, which made her day!

Ollie’s 100th birthday cake was Tiffany blue trimmed with white lace fondant with pastel pink and yellow flowers, and it was topped with a gold number 100. The cake was made by Sugarcoated by Michelle, a high school friend of Ollie’s granddaughter Elizabeth. Scalloped designed pink, blue and yellow plates were used to serve finger sandwiches, fruit, cupcakes, cookies and truffles, and matching punch cups were used to serve punch.

Special guests included Ollie’s daughter, D’Juanna Lewis Beer, of Houston, Texas, her sister-in-law Kathleen Chidester of Baton Rouge, her nephews Leslie “Pogo” Leibenguth and his wife Lydia of Fernwood, Miss., and Fred Chidester Sr., who also shares his Aunt Ollie’s birthday, and her great-nephew, Fred Chidester Jr., and his wife Danielle, all of Connecticut. They are affectionately known by the family as Little Freddie and Little Little Freddie.

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