All too often we take for granted our family, friends, and neighbors. Archer City and the surrounding communities are populated with very special people. Especially when someone is in need. The result of helping hands offered to Pat Aulds Garrett after the sudden death of her then husband, Kenneth Aulds, on June 17, 1975, was celebrated at her 80th Birthday Celebration. Archer City embraced her and helped her through the task of raising a family of four children and operating a funeral home. She now embraces an extended family and the community that stood by her. The extended family she embraces includes members of her second family with her marriage to David M. Garrett on November 12, 1983. Members of the Garrett family were on hand for the celebration as well.
Family and friends shared special moments in her life. The remembrances were touching, informative, humorous, and occasionally embarrassing, but it was all in fun to celebrate a birthday of one of the matriarchs of Archer City. Pictures taken throughout her life were presented in a slide show. Her grandchildren offered YiaYia, meaning grandmother in Greek, a singing poem covering her life of 80 years.
The whole affair was punctuated with Greek music, Greek flags, and Greek Baklava, a sweet dessert pastry. Guests were treated to a scrumptious prime rib luncheon catered by Anarene Catering Co. at the Royal Theater last Saturday.