Dessaline and her children were seated at a table decorated in black and gold. The curtains behind them displayed a gold statuette resembling an Academy Award Oscar.
Special guests were Joyce Spriggs, of San Antonio, sister of the honoree and Lela Edwards Williams of Refugio, the last surviving classmate of Mrs. Barefield.
The celebration began with a prayer and a welcome to the guests. The Spriggs family history was read followed by a fashion parade.
Two poems and two solos performed by family members were dedicated to the birthday girl. The audience shared favorite memories of Dessaline.
Dinner was served followed by cookies and cake decorated with a picture of the honoree. Guests signed a large portrait of Dessaline at the hall entrance.
Approximately 140 guests attended.
Dessaline was the first of 12 children born to Frankie and Andy Spriggs on April 12, 1909. She was married in June 1930 to Theodore Roosevelt Barefield. They enjoyed a 66-year marriage until his death in 1996.
She has three sons: John Alvin, Erris and Robert Lee Barefield and three daughters: Isabell Jones, Wanda Gregg, and Frankie Taylor. She is affectionately known as Momdear.
Her late siblings from Refugio were Lois Murray, Buttercup Green, Josephine Green and Andy Spriggs Jr.