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Texas City/Thelma Dyess Turn 100


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Texas City Centennial events:

WHAT: Salute to Thelma Dyess and unveiling of Texas City Centennial history panels

WHEN: 4 p.m. today

WHERE: Charles T. Doyle Convention Center, Phoenix Lane and 21st Street in Texas City

INFO: A birthday tribute to Dyess and unveiling of the panels representing the city’s history from 1951 to 1960.

WHAT: Texas City Disaster Memorial

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Texas City Memorial Park, corner of Loop 197 and 29th Street

INFO: Annual memorial commemorating the 1947 Texas City Disaster

WHAT: Service of Resilience and Hope

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Church, 1620 Ninth Avenue North in Texas City

WHAT: Thelma Dyess Birthday celebration

WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: First Baptist Church of Texas City, 1400 Ninth Avenue North in Texas City

Since its founding in 1911, 18 men have been mayor and 52 people have served on the city commission in Texas City. There’s only been one Thelma Dyess.

While today is her official 100th birthday, Dyess is a living symbol of the city as it marks its 100th birthday, as well. She’s actually been feted since December when the city launched it’s yearlong celebration of its centennial.

“Texas City has been very good to me,” said Dyess, being sure to note she is five months older than the city.

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