Eva Bernard recently celebrated her 101st birthday with balloons and cake at Curlew Care Home in Clearwater, where she has lived since October 2001.
She was born Feb. 21, 1907, in Frenchville, Maine, the fourth of eight children born to Joseph and Anna Sirois.
She married Eugene Bernard on Aug. 26, 1926, in Sanford, Maine, and the couple became the parents of two sons, both now deceased, and a daughter who lives in Spring Hill.
While Mr. Bernard ran a small grocery store in Sanford, Mrs. Bernard operated her own beauty salon for 36 years in the basement of their home. Though she retired in 1972 at the age of 65 and turned the business over to her daughter-in-law, for many years afterward Mrs. Bernard could be found in the salon, chatting with friends and doing their hair.
Mr. Bernard died in 1979 after 53 years of marriage.
In the late 1990s, Mrs. Bernard moved to Florida to be closer to her daughter. Mrs. Bernard has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Always a music lover, Mrs. Bernard liked to sing and dance. Even at 101, she will tap her feet and clap her hands to the beat. She doesn't sing anymore, but loves to hum.
Niece JoAnne Hilder is confident that in the quest for a long life, her aunt would advocate "lots of chocolate" and "to have a song in your heart daily."
Couples celebrate decades together
Thomas and Maria "Chicky" Ashe of Clearwater were recently honored by family and friends on their 60th wedding anniversary.
Both were born and raised in Springfield, Mass., and married Feb. 2, 1948 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.
Mr. Ashe retired from the Air Force in November 1963 and worked with A.G. Spalding until his retirement there in May 1980. He is an avid golfer and bowler.
Mrs. Ashe is a homemaker and was involved with school PTA and Scouting.
The couple, who moved to Florida in 1982, have four children, and eight grandchildren.
Bill and Angie Bronson of Tarpon Springs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 16 with family and friends at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.
They were married Feb. 15, 1958, and came here two years later from Rock Falls, Ill.
Mr. Bronson worked 20 years for Stauffer Chemical Company, and 20 years for Duckworth Steel Boats, both in Tarpon Springs.
Mrs. Bronson was a 28-year employee of Tarpon Springs Elementary School.
They are members of St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church in Tarpon Springs.
Memberships include the Loyal Order of Moose and Retired Teacher's Association.
The Bronsons enjoy spending time with their family, which includes three daughters and six grandchildren.
Palm Harbor youth is named Eagle Scout
Richard E. Jones III of Troop 475 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America and will participate in a Court of Honor ceremony April 5 at the First United Methodist Church in Palm Harbor.
To become an Eagle Scout, Richard earned 27 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles. For his community service project, he built a hurricane-proof steel storage shed for the East Lake Community Library.
He is the son of Richard and Donna Jones of Lansbrook in Palm Harbor. He is a senior at East Lake High School and plans to enter the University of South Florida in Tampa this fall.
Soroptimists name winners of awards
In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, Soroptimist International of Largo Mid-Pinellas honored two ambitious ladies at a lunch March 8 at the Cypress Palms campus of the Palms of Largo.
Winners of cash Women's Opportunity Awards were Danielle Johnson, an employee of Westgate Elementary School who is studying for her degree in special education, and Kristi Dodson, a Baycare employee who is working on a degree in health administration and organizational studies.