Elinore Kathryn Scheibe Turpin of Largo celebrated her 102nd birthday with a brunch, complete with champagne and balloons, at Palm Garden of Largo with family in attendance.
She was born May 17, 1908, to Judge Samuel Edward Scheibe and his wife, Hattie, in Cloquet, Minn. Four siblings, Helen, Gladys, Sam and Clarence, are now deceased.
Mrs. Turpin still recollects how, as a child, she and her family fled Cloquet by train during a massive fire in 1918 that burned the city to ground.
During high school, she played basketball, ice hockey and baseball, activities that few girls engaged in at the time. She also loved to swim and ride horses.
Her career was with the State Department, working for the Foreign Exchange Program.
She enjoyed working in local theater, and did so whenever possible. She also gave horseback riding lessons.
In 1936, she married Allan F. Turpin in Springfield, Ill., and the couple honeymooned in Arkansas. They spent 44 years in Florida, living in Fort Myers and Sun City Center. She moved to Palm Garden of Largo in 2009.
Before Mr. Turpin's death in 2003, the couple spent 57 happy years together, taking many trips and cruises, with Italy being Mrs. Turpin's all-time favorite place to visit.
To this day, she keeps CNN on TV all day to keep up with politics, current events and sports. She hardly misses a Bucs game if it's during the day, and family recently hosted a Kentucky Derby party in Mrs. Turpin's room.
Mrs. Turpin has three children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
"We are so blessed to have her in our lives," said granddaughter Khris Turpin, who related her grandmother's favorite sayings, "One day at a time," and "Don't complain, do something about it." The granddaughter added that those attitudes have been instilled in family members.
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Kira Barrera of Clearwater, a junior majoring in environmental science and policy at USF St. Petersburg, is the first USFSP student to earn the Hollings Scholarship, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration award. She also earned an honorable mention from the Udall Scholarship and was one of five students nominated by the USF system for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.
She lobbies for environmental protection of Florida's resources and participates in the Student Environmental Awareness Society. She earned a spot on the Chancellor's Honor List, participated in coastal cleanups and volunteered at local parks to restore native plant species.
After Barrera finished her undergraduate program, she plans to earn a master's degree at USFSP in her chosen field.
This month, she will join all 100 Hollings Scholars for a one-week orientation at the NOAA headquarters in Maryland, where she will intern next summer.
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Julia Bennett Ward, daughter of William W. Ward and Deborah Noah Stoekel of Port Orange and granddaughter of Raymond L. and Julia Noah of Clearwater, graduated from North Carolina's Davidson College on May 16.
She graduated magna cum laude with a major in Spanish and received First Honor for having the highest grade point average in the class. She was recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Spanish Award at convocation.
She spent her junior year studying abroad in Madrid.
She has been active in dance ensemble, the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools, the Timmy Foundation and the Ada Jenkins Community Center dental clinic.
She will be teaching with Teach for America in Arizona while working toward a master's degree in education and pursuing pre-med studies.
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