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Secret to 100 years? Read, exercise

Mary Lee Fawcett of Dunedin celebrated her 100th birthday at a party in her honor at Mease Continuing Care in Dunedin, attended by family and friends.

She was born Oct. 23, 1909, in rural Lake County, just south of Gary, Ind., to Cornelius and Jane Schoon. She had five sisters and six brothers, all of whom are now deceased.

Mrs. Fawcett graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Gary, now part of Indiana University School of Nursing. After meeting her husband-to-be at a dance, she and William L. Fawcett married May 1, 1936, in Gary.

With a degree in registered nursing, Mrs. Fawcett was a surgical nurse and night supervisor at Methodist Hospital, then a nurse and office administrator for Dr. Paul Yocum. She retired in the mid 1940s to raise the couple's children.

William Fawcett was a supervisor for U.S. Steel Corp. until his retirement.

The Fawcetts came to Clearwater in 1977 and took up residence at Top of the World. Mr. Fawcett died in 1984, and in 2007 she moved to Mease Continuing Care.

Mrs. Fawcett had the opportunity to attend The Antoinette Pope School of Fancy Cookery in Chicago and was considered an expert baker. She was active in her church and played bridge at the tournament level. During their retirement years, she and her husband traveled overseas.

An avid reader, Mrs. Fawcett likes to stay up to date on current medical treatments and procedures because, as she puts it, "I'm a nurse, and nurses are supposed to do that." She is also part of a study on aging by Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University and is one of 60 participants remaining out of the original 800.

The centenarian attributes her long life to eating a balanced diet and her vegetables, exercise and reading rather than watching television.

Mrs. Fawcett has a son, William A. Fawcett of Bloomington, Ind., and a daughter, Judith K. Moss of Concord, Mass; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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Jim and Jackie Brockman of Dunedin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Ozona Blue Grilling Company, Palm Harbor, on Dec. 5 in the company of 40 friends and family members.

The Brockmans met on the basketball court. He was playing for Sharonville High, and she was a cheerleader for Union High.

The University of Kansas offered Mr. Brockman a basketball scholarship, but he decided to pull a two-year hitch in the Navy instead.

Mrs. Brockman, with an academic scholarship of her own, put college on hold to "wait for her man."

They wed Dec. 5, 1959, at Lockland Baptist Church, Cincinnati.

Daughter Tammy Brockman says of her parents: "They are loved and cherished by their entire family, and we only wish we can capture the love that they have for each other in our own lives."

Mr. and Mrs. Brockman came to Dunedin in 1986 from Cincinnati.

He was a project engineer for Pinellas County Schools.

She was a teacher's assistant at Dunedin Elementary.

Mr. Brockman is a Mason.

Mrs. Brockman is a member of Starbucks Coffee Club.

In addition to their daughter Tammy, they have two more children and four grandchildren.

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More than 300 people attended the Chabad of Pinellas County's Chanukah Wonderland event Nov. 29, which featured activities for all ages.

During the "Latke Eating Contest," 14-year old Marc Cohen of Palm Harbor consumed nine of the crispy concoctions in just two minutes, edging out three other contestants.

Potato latkes and other foods fried and baked in oil are traditionally eaten on the holiday of Hanukkah.

Secret to 100 years? Read, exercise 12/08/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:42pm]
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