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East Texas Woman Recognized for 80-Year Church Membership

Monday, Nov 4, 2013  |  Updated 9:50 AM CDT
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East Texas Woman Recognized for 80-Year Church Membership

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An East Texas woman has been recognized for her 80-year unbroken membership in her church.

Lilly Stone joined the Chireno United Methodist Church in 1933, when she was 8-years-old.

The Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches reports that Stone was recently awarded a plaque signed by the church's bishop and district superintendent honoring her longtime membership.

"It was a shock. I really didn't know how long I had been a member. I didn't think about it," Stone said.

Stone joined the church while living with her grandmother, whose house abutted the church's parsonage.

Stone celebrated her 88th birthday on Thursday.

Chireno is a town of about 400 people located about 200 miles southeast of Dallas.

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