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Birthday Girl: Alma Lewis Hassell celebrates being 98 years young

By Gary S. Whitlow, TSD Photographer

Margaret Hassell took a moment to reflect on the special day they had just celebrated – her mother, Alma Lewis Hassell’s 98th birthday. 

“We just want to say we’re grateful,” Margaret Hassell said.  “She’s an absolutely wonderful, loving, supportive and independent woman of God — even at 98.”

Alma Hassell was surrounded by friends and family for her 98th Birthday at Picadilly Cafeteria. (Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/Tri-State Defender)

The birthday girl, Alma Hassell, was born Feb. 23, 1926 in Macon, Tennessee. About 35 friends and family members gathered at Piccadilly Cafeteria in Germantown to celebrate the matriarch’s life — a life filled with love, support, and independence, qualities that Margaret admires deeply.

The fellowship at Piccadilly’s was not just a birthday party; it was a testament to Alma’s enduring spirit and the impact she has had on those around her. When asked about how she felt about the day, Alma’s response was filled with gratitude and happiness. 

“Oh, I certainly enjoyed the birthday celebration today,” Alma Hassell said. “Everything seemingly went wonderful. Thank you. Thank you, very much.”

This birthday was more than a number; it was a celebration of a life lived with grace, strength, and unwavering faith. Alma’s 98th birthday brought together those who have been touched by her kindness and resilience, making it a day to remember for everyone involved.

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