Gulfport Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday With Five Generations

Ruth Parris was surrounded by five generations of her family as she celebrated her 100th birthday. To add to the joy of her special day, Ruth met her great-great granddaughter, Avery, for the first time.

"She smiled at her and everything. Being a 100 years old, think she's getting a little bit, she doesn't recognize everybody all the time, but she recognized who she was after we told her," said her grandson, Bob Burke.

Ruth looked over family pictures spanning all the way back to the 1800s, while family members shared memories of her life.

"I don't know if you'd call it a fond memory, but one of my aunt's, which is one of her sisters, I was telling the story that she went to Florida on vacation, and back then they had the beaded Indian belts. My aunt brought me that back, and anytime I got in trouble, my grandma always managed to find that belt and use the beaded side on me," Burke said. "She and I got kind of a kick out of it. I kind of harassed her over it, the last 20 or 30 years, that if I didn't do what she wanted me to do, she'd grab that belt and beat me with it."

Joyce Clark is Ruth's only child. She says her mother worked hard most of her life and adds that she's never lost her fiesty spirit.

"She was a lady that liked to do what she wanted to do at all times, spunky, very attractive, worked most of her life. She was a single mother who took care of me. She was just a great person," Clark said.

Relatives came from as far away as Woodlands, Texas, to celebrate the big day.