This week, Pauline Parrish Chenault turns 102 years old. She was born on August 9, 1917, to Pauline and William Parrish and was one of six children. She grew up at Otter Creek, near Waco, and has lived in Richmond and the Madison County area all her life.
Pauline was married to Otha Chenualt for more than 72 years, he passed in 2018. Pauline now resides at Kenwood Rehab Center and said she loves being at Kenwood.
Pauline joined the First Baptist Church, Francis Street, in her younger years and is now of one the oldest members. She says her faith is her anchor and has helped her throughout her life.
She is still active in the NAACP, Women's Missionary Work, Homemakers and Adult Choir. She was still singing in the Choir at age 100.
Pauline's advice to all is, "Do the right thing, go to church, and love each other." It's said that Pauline still has a full deck, just shuffles a little slower.
Both Pauline and Otha had sons, both of whom are now deceased. Pauline helped raise Pamela Miller. Pauline also raised two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Both grandchildren and great-grandchild said they love her very much.
On Friday, at 5:30 p.m. Pauline will celebrate her birthday with friends and family at the Kenwood Nursing Home.