Amid the drumbeat of bad news in 2020, a Montrose neighborhood has found a reason to celebrate: Nell Stewart, one of its residents, is turning 100.

"Well, we treasure her, so wanted to do something," said resident Julie Young, who is helping facilitate the event. "But COVID ruled out an actual party. We didn't want the milestone to pass unrecognized."

The East Montrose Civic Association has organized a drive-by parade Nov. 25 in honor of Stewart, who has lived in the same house she was born in, at the corner of Crocker and Welch streets, since 1920. Stewart was a longtime teacher at Wilson Elementary School and also worked for a law office in the neighborhood. She is also known for her columns, titled "A Century of Memories," in the East Montrose newsletter from 2016 to 2018.

"She has a dry sense of humor and a quick but subtle wit. She remembers every house and person over the years," Young said.

Former Mayor Annise Parker, also a former resident of the neighborhood, will lead the parade. City Council Member Abbie Kamin, whose district includes the Montrose area, will also participate, along with Houston police and fire vehicles.

The parade starts at 1 p.m., starting at the 2000 block of Grant Street. Cars are asked to line up starting at 12:45 p.m.; pedestrians and bicyclists can arrive by 12:55 p.m. Signs and banners are welcomed, and RSVPs are encouraged to help anticipate traffic impacts.

To RSVP, or for details on how to send Stewart a birthday card, email Young at [email protected].