Ruth Fear celebrates 110 years

Ruth Fear sits next to her flowers, balloons and cake on her 100th birthday celebration at Just Like Home Assisted Living.

Wednesday, Dec. 8, Ruth Fear (known as Grandma to everyone) turned 110 years old.

She had family members visit her at Just Like Home Assisted Living, coming and going all day.

Many flowers, cupcakes, balloons, candied fruit, a miniature Christmas tree and a beautifully decorated cake were brought to Grandma to celebrate such a memorable day.

Some of the cupcakes that were brought to the celebration were made from a recipe her mother found years ago in a magazine when Grandma was in her twenties. They have been a family favorite ever since. (See recipe). Grandma would test the wood-burning cook stove to see if it was up to the right temperature for baking by putting her arm in to see how it felt.

One other story that was shared at Grandma's celebration is that before she was married, her soon-to-be-husband, found a ring after a flood in the area. When it came time to get married in 1935, that ring became her wedding ring.

Grandma has a great sense of humor and kept wanting to "pinch the cake". She was given all the cake she wanted.

Recipe for "Old Black Cake" or "Grandma's Cake"

1/2 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

3 Tablespoons cocoa

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup sour milk

1 teaspoon soda

2 beaten eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

Mix sugar, cocoa, shortening, and boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Mix soda and sour milk and add beaten eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour. Beat well by hand, pour into a 9x13 pan (or cupcake pan) and bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30-35 minutes.

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