Bessie Hendrix Cooper, 103, recently celebrated her birthday at Hill Crest Nursing Care Center in Desoto where she has been a resident since 1998.
Cooper is the widow of Roy H. Cooper. She is the daughter of John and Katie Allard Hendrix.
Roy and Bessie Cooper married Sept. 30, 1925, in Cape Girardeau and had five children: Dorothy Morton (deceased), Gary Cooper, Aldo Cooper, Shirley Kirkpatrick and John Henry Cooper, who died as an infant.
The celebration included 28 family members from Weimer, Texas, Jacob, Ill., and House Springs, St. Charles, Fletcher, Sullivan and Jackson in Missouri.