EARLY — Clearly delighted, Wilma Keen smiled and beamed as about three dozens family members and friends helped her celebrate her 100th birthday Saturday at CARE Nursing and Rehabilitation in Early.
    Keen, who previously lived in DeLeon, has been a resident of the nursing home since May 2014, her daughter, Kay Phillips, said.
    Keen grew up in Liberty Hill and is the only remaining survivor of eight siblings.
    Friends and family members continued to enter an already crowded but festive room, and Phillips directed them to the birthday girl. With a little help, Keen opened the birthday cards and gift bags and marveled at each one.
    Guests included family members she hadn’t seen in many years, and that included a grandson she hadn’t seen in four years. “They wanted to surprise her,” Phillips said.
    Guests prepared to have cake and refreshments, but not before giving Keen a rousing serenade. The selection: “Happy Birthday,” of course, as Keen smiled broadly and waved at the guests.