Recently we had the opportunity to attend a gathering of family and friends to celebrate the 80th birthday of Carol Stephens here in El Paso. It was a surprise party and even though there was a large number of people that knew it was coming no one spilled the beans and it was a total surprise to Carol.
The party was put together by Carol’s children, Russell, Cheryl and Dennis. They did an excellent job with a slideshow of memories from Carol’s life showing on three large displays during the gathering. When it was time to end the ceremony each of them spent some time reviewing memories of their life growing up with her as their mother.
A very short video showing a few of the guests and the family preparing for the celebration.
Below is a photo of the family and guests preparing to welcome Carol into the room for the celebration. The three large screens were playing memories from Carol’s life.
Below is Carol entering the room. She had been told that they were gathering to get a family photograph taken. Cheryl opened the door while her son Russell was pushing her into the room followed by her son-in-law Walter.
Carol reacting to The greeting from the crowd gathered to celebrate her 80th birthday. Immediately afterwards everyone joined in singing happy birthday to her.
After her entrance many of her fellow teachers, friends and church members spent a lot of time visiting with her. This was followed by a delicious meal for all that attended. A very wonderful celebration for a very wonderful lady.