If you see Eula today, you will probably catch her reading one of her well-worn bibles. Her daughter, Verdell, said her mother is such an avid bible reader that she has worn several out. She says "whenever she wears one out, someone gives her another one."

Eula was born in 1898 in Taylor County, Texas near Winters. She was raised on a farm and she was one of 10 children born into the strong Christian family of John Allen and Ella Childers Allen. One reason the family had such a strong Christian background was that John was a minister. Eula fondly remembers the family traveling in their wagon to the Church of Christ church in Shep, Texas.

The Allen children attended school in Shep. Eula's oldest brother was also one of her instructors. Eula did not complete her schooling, but she recalls many enjoyable times, especially participating in sports. She said "I was a tomboy and played ball with the boys in school."

In 1922, she met and married James Jakes. The young couple had one daughter Verdell. Unfortunately James died at an early age, leaving Eula a young widow. Eula later married Mr. Shipp. The family loaded their belongings in a Model T Ford and headed to Littlefield, Texas in 1929.

Eula lived in her own home in Littlefield until roughly 6 years ago. She loved gardening and growing flowers. One of her favorite pastimes was traveling with her lady friends to area flower shows. Currently she reads her bible daily and enjoys find-a-word puzzles. Verdell says "the folks at the home give the puzzles to her and she finds the words better than I do!"

One might say that the key to Eula's long life may be her exceptional strength of character. Verdell said "she's a strong lady." She says Eula's strength really pulled them through when several of her relatives were widowed around the same time. Verdell says "she kept us all together."

Eula is a proud great grandmother of 5 and great great grandmother of 12.