Olive Stephens is the only mayor that most residents of the North Texas lakefront town of Shady Shores have ever known.
She won her first election to the town council in 1962, two years after the town was formed, and was elected mayor in 1972.
Now 94, she plans to retire later this month. Dozens of residents of the Denton County town of 2,700 residents on Lake Lewisville turned out this weekend to pay tribute to the woman who built both of the town halls that served Shady Shores.
The Denton Record-Chronicle reports the town council also designated every Aug. 20, Stephens' birthday, as Olive Stephens Day.
The town is about 30 miles northwest of Dallas.