The Creekside Church of Midlothian hosted a catered dinner to honor its “oldest” member and matriarch on Saturday evening, March 7, at the church worship center at 5401 E. Highway 287. Miss Elizabeth Scruggs turned 100 earlier in the week, on March 3.
Scruggs was born and raised in Ovilla, Texas, in Ellis County. She lived a good portion of her life on her family’s farm , until she decided to attend a larger school. During her high school years, she and her family moved to nearby Duncanville, where she played on the girls basketball team and graduated in 1932.
She married her partner in life a few years later, Harold Scruggs, and they settled in the city of DeSoto. The happy couple was married for almost 57 years before his death in 1997. Elizabeth has been a member of the Creekside Church in Midlothian for many years, but also previously was a part of several other Church of Christ communities in the area.
In 2019, this same time last year, Elizabeth was a little anxious about renewing her drivers license. But, she phoned her Ladies’ Bible Study that morning to tell the other 20-plus ladies about her victorsy in securing her new two-year renewal drivers license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. She excitedly told them, “I got my driver's license renewed again, so I don’t have to go back to the DMV until March of 2021.”
Then the other ladies broke out in a loud round of applause at Elizabeth’s great news.
Her friends say that you’d never believe she is 100 years old. Her mind is sharp. She walks with a cane for balance, but otherwise is upright and always moving at a pretty nice clip.
Elizabeth keeps busy with many hobbies and church-related activities she enjoys participating in. She is a faithful member of the “Les and Nancy McGee Life Group.” She’s part of the “Cracked Pots Ladies’ Bible Study Class” that meets every week on Tuesday mornings. In addition, she plays the dice game Bunco, and her favorite hobby is “42.” She loves to play dominoes every chance she gets. One of her “42” co-players, Linda Crum of Midlothian, says, “This lady takes her dominoes seriously, so much so that she always wants to win. Our group calls her the 'Domino Queen', and she’s that good at it!”
Elizabeth is loved by all and is an inspiration to everyone she meets. She is famous for her strawberry cake with fresh strawberries in the icing and her tiny muffins, and she has contributed many of her family recipes to her church’s self-published cookbooks over the years.
She has a zest for life and refuses to speak negatively about anything. Elizabeth shares, “I think the Lord has walked with me most of my life. That’s probably the reason I’ve enjoyed so many years of living a good life because of Him.”
The lead minister of Creekside Church, Clint Rhodes, shares, “Elizabeth Scruggs is one of those people that to know her is to love her! She’s always smiling, always encouraging, and always loving. Anyone who has been a part of the Creekside family for any significant length of time, has had an opportunity to be influenced by this woman. Getting to age 100 is an accomplishment in itself, but to live the way Elizabeth does at age 100 is truly remarkable.”
On Sunday morning, the day after Elizabeth’s big celebration dinner, she was asked in her Bible class what recommendation she would give to the rest of her church family members for living to the ripe old age of 100. Elizabeth quickly responds, “Keep coming to church and behave yourself.”
One of Elizabeth’s best friends over the years has been Diane Guild, a church buddy and also a widower. They call each other every day to check up on each other.
Guild says, “When I call Elizabeth and ask what she is doing, she always says she is ‘sittin’! Well to me, that lady is never just 'sittin’. She is as busy as a bee. She quilts, plays ‘42’ and Bunco, bakes and cooks, goes out every Friday night to eat somewhere nice, goes to Life Group, attends Ladies Bible Study, drives to the beauty shop to get her hair done once a week, goes to Walmart as needed, and never misses worship on Sunday morning. So I often tell MIss Elizabeth, don’t tell me that you are just 'sittin’!"
Another of Elizabeth’s best friends is Joe Anna Dickerson. She says, “Elizabeth, even at 100 years young, has the sharpest mind ever, and she is my very best friend in the world. Amazingly, she is very blessed to be able to lead a very full life. I enjoy our friendship so much.”
Elizabeth had one child from her 57 years of marriage. Her son, Troy Scruggs, lives in DeSoto with his wife, Ethel.
Elizabeth also has two grandsons. David Scruggs is a retired Garland police officer who still lives in Garland. Phillip, her other grandson, is an instructor at a college in Moscow, Idaho.
From the two sons’ families, Elizabeth has six great-grandchildren: Ethan, Spencer, Bryant, Asten, Trenton, and Connor. The enitre clan was in town this past weekend to honor their mother/grandmother/great-grandmother. As a special guest for the evening, the Honorable Curtistene McCowan, the mayor of DeSoto, was there to join in the festivities to celebrate Elizabeth, a long-time resident of that city.