With hundreds gathered around her, Bernice Kirk celebrated her 100th birthday in style.

Kirk was born Jan. 29, 1918, near Reagan, a community in Falls County, and has lived her entire life in the county.

Saturday afternoon at the Benitez Center in Marlin, what seemed like the entire county filled the hall to celebrate with Kirk and her family.

"I've enjoyed every bit," Kirk said. "Everything that's been said, I've enjoyed it."

Kirk's daughter, Shirley McCullough, added, "My mom is such a special person. In the community, she helps every single person."

Kirk is most known for her compassion. Having spent much of her life picking cotton, she designed clothing for herself and those around her, even cotton mattresses for her family and those needing one.

One of 21 children, Kirk only had a second grade education but eventually got her GED and then went to beauty school.

While her hats became a Falls County staple for decades, she was loved for her roles on the county historical and agriculture commissions.

"It speaks volumes itself for the type of person she was in the community," McCullough said. "They came out today to share that love with her."

Saturday's turnout was large enough, Kirk said prayers for her 101st are already underway.

"I thank God hoping I live to see another year," Kirk said.