CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Cedar Creek Lake area resident Ruth Eickel will celebrate her 100th birthday June 24.
Two parties will be given in her honor. The first and largest party will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the clubhouse at Silverleaf of Gun Barrel City on Church Street in GBC. Family from near and far will join friends and neighbors to wish Ruth well. Another Celebration will take place at her church, First Presbyterian Church, 112 West Mount Vernon Street in Mabank, Sunday, June 23 following the 9 a.m. service at approximately 10 a.m.
Ruth was born in St. Louis and moved to New Orleans when she married the love of her life, Lou Eickel. They moved to the DFW area in 1948 when Lou worked for Sperry Flight Systems and made their home in Irving. Upon his retirement, they relocated to the Cedar Creek Lake area, where they enjoyed fishing, and lake life.
Music has always been a big part of Ruth’s life. She grew up with a love of singing, played trumpet in an all-girls orchestra in St. Louis, and is a gifted pianist. She has been heavily involved in the church choir at First Presbyterian, having served as the choir director 30 years.
Friend and fellow church member Harry McCune, says Ruth, “tried to retire several times. We would get a new choir director. They wouldn’t last, and Ruth would come back to help.” Her love of music and singing is legendary amongst the congregation, where she has been known to dance too, starting Conga lines at events.
“Ruth always has a song in her heart and insists there be singing at any event we have at the church,” McCune said. She was a member of the Avanti singing group and served as its director for a time, as well. Church members Ron and Wanda Holloman wrote in a brochure for Ruth’s 97th birthday, that Ruth, “has music of all sorts in her bones…and music is God’s gift of life for her.”
Friends are welcome to celebrate First Presbyterian Church’s “Lady of Song.”