Madge Elizabeth Stewart celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family — including her daughter from California — at a party April 11 at Mease Continuing Care, Dunedin.
She was born April 11, 1912, in Bandana, N.C., to Fred and Geneva Jarrett Robinson. The family lived on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
She graduated from high school in Burnsville, N.C., and attended Grace Hospital Training School of Nursing in Banner Elk, N.C.
She worked as a registered nurse in various settings and retired in 1977 from psychiatric nursing at Harding Hospital, Worthington, Ohio.
Stewart has been a Dunedin resident for six years. She likes to cook and paint ceramics, and loves to travel.
When she turned 90, Stewart took a birthday cruise to Alaska with family and toured Venezuela with a friend. That same year, she was featured in a billboard ad for a county exercise class.
She has two children and three grandchildren.
The centenarian feels good genes play a part in her longevity; many maternal aunts in the western North Carolina mountains lived 100 years or more. She also recommends growing and eating fresh vegetables, walking for exercise after retirement and making friends.
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Seaton and Dee Jackson of Palm Harbor are marking their 50th wedding anniversary.
The couple met in Seminole on a blind date and married on April 20, 1962, in Buckhorn, Ga. They've been residents of the North Pinellas area for more than 50 years.
He is an Army veteran of World War II and was stationed in Japan. He worked many years with Aetna Insurance and has been with Alley, Rehbaum and Capes Insurance in Clearwater for some time. He taught an insurance course at the University of Tampa for two years that enabled students to acquire their license.
Before retiring, she pursued several different occupations before finding a niche in real estate. She also penned a column, "About Real Estate," for the Clearwater Sun newspaper. She spoke all over the county on the topic of deed restrictions and, after becoming familiar with county ordinances, represented homeowners associations.
The Jacksons were both top team bowlers, played tennis and were members of a sailing club.
They have a son, Patrick Jackson.
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Edwin and Joyce Settle of Safety Harbor married March 12, 1941, in Jellico, Tenn.
They commemorated their 71st wedding anniversary with a quiet evening at home in each other's company.
He was a farmer for many years in Ohio.
She worked as a proofreader for Sears in Clearwater.
Both have birthdays in April; he is 92 and she is 88.
He has been a handyman most of his life. She was a Women's Aglow leader for several years and also taught Sunday School.
They have three children, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
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In the weeks leading up to Passover 5772, Chabad of Clearwater distributed 200 packages of Shmurah Matzah in the Clearwater, Largo and Belleair areas. The project was made possible thanks to the generosity of Dr. Robert W. Levin and with the help of volunteers.
Shmurah Matzahs are round, kneaded and shaped by hand, similar to the Matzahs that the Jews ate when leaving Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.
"The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, taught that no solitary Jewish person ought to be left out," said Rabbi Levi Hodakov, director of Chabad of Clearwater. "Every Jew, regardless of their background, affiliation or even location, should have access to the provisions they need to celebrate Passover."
The local effort was part of a global campaign by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement to increase holiday awareness and participation. In addition, 750 Passover guides in 17 languages helped educate people on the meaning and practices of the holiday.