Sunday’s sermon at Flower Mound Presbyterian Church, 1501 Flower Mound Road, included a dedication ceremony for Oleta Greer, who will celebrate her 104th birthday next week on September 1st.
Ms. Greer was born in 1914 in a little home in Flower Mound that still stands today. When she was 9 years of age, she was baptized at FM Presbyterian, the oldest Presbyterian Church in Denton County, dating back to 1854. I did a video interview of Oleta two months ago in the living room of her Flower Mound home.
Pastor Lucia Kremzar introduced us to this charming woman, who is a lifelong member of the church. I was thrilled and fascinated by Oleta’s sparkling personality, her ebullient humor and her love of the Dallas Cowboys, especially former all-star quarterback Troy Aikman.
Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell gave the dedication and a plaque celebrating the life of Ms. Greer. The award is signed by Commissioners Mitchell and Andy Eads. Afterward, the congregation retired to the rear hall of the church for food, drinks, desserts and a slice of birthday cake with this marvelous lady.
My wife Annette and I were honored to attend the service and the celebration of, as Commissioner Mitchell put it, “a life well served.” If you want to make a memory that will stay with you forever, you should meet Oleta Greer. We feel more than blessed to have met her and spent some time in her company. As she did in the video, Oleta will amaze you with stories of how Flower Mound used to be and what it was like when it was called “Long Prairie,” before it was founded in 1961 by its first Mayor Bob Rheudasil.
She talked about the nearest grocery stores in Grapevine and Lewisville and how easy it was to get to them on gravel roads. She also talks about her secret to a long and healthy life, and mentions some of the well-known figures in the history of the town. Her fervent wish is to meet Troy Aikman or any other member or former member of the Dallas Cowboys. Is there anyone out there that can make that happen for this very special woman who has blessed so many people during her long and fruitful pathway through life?