Mayor Jessup proclaims Lillian Cox Day for her 107th Birthday
By Karen Daniels
Born on February 22, 1907, in Quincy, Florida, Ms. Lillian Cox celebrated her 107th birthday at The Hamptons in the City of Meadows Place, where she has lived since moving to Texas at 104. Currently it is said that she holds the title as oldest resident in Fort Bend County, but you wouldn’t know it. Her skin is smooth and glowing. Her hair is silvery and upswept. She simply defies age. Ms. Cox has been called the “savvy centenarian” and “a woman ahead of her time.” For her 100th birthday she was interviewed by Barbara Walters in New York City. The program was called “Live to be 150.”
As a child, Ms. Cox remembers traveling in a horse-drawn buggy to attend inaugural events in Tallahassee. And when the 1929 stock market crash occurred, she was only 22. Her husband of more than 50 years, Thomas Henry Cox, became unable to work in 1947, so she began selling women’s clothing for the next 30, opening her own store Lillian’s in 1957. Sadly, Ms. Cox outlived her husband, and their only child, Carolyn, who died at the age of 80.
Ms. Lillian Cox is a woman who makes growing old look good. It may not surprise you that someone with this much determination and pizzazz continues to have gentleman callers. Her current boyfriend is 97, making him 10 years younger, and making her a cougar. Her family laughs about this proudly.
• Best advice for a long life: Drink plenty of water – without ice.
• Best invention during her lifetime: Air-conditioning
• Biggest regret: Not having more kids
Motto: Don’t just sit around and do nothing.
Also attending the party, friends from the community, her son-in-law, granddaughters, great-granddaughter, other family members, and Mayor Charles Jessup. Ms. Cox is a skilled gardener, three-time cancer survivor, and was featured as one of the oldest living drivers in the nation by Inside Edition. (She gave up driving in 2009 at 102.) After the Mayor read the proclamation, the party ended with as police escort parade around The Hamptons as Ms. Lillian Cox waived from a 1925 Model-T. Mayor Jessup told her, “See you next year, Lillian!”
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