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Edna Mae Broad celebrated her 100th birthday recently. She was born Feb. 7, 1906, in Beaver Falls, Pa., to William and Blanche Broad. After completing high school, Edna Mae went to business school.

The 1930 census shows Edna Mae living with her parents and working as a stenographer in a plumbing company.

In 1959, Edna Mae moved to St. Petersburg and, in 1960, became a member and bookkeeper at First Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg. She is regarded still as a very reliable and careful worker. She retired in 1971.

Edna Mae participated in a group called Create to Share for years. So long as she could, she helped sew nursing home blankets. When her vision waned, she would at least be able to stuff animals; she was a member of that group until 2005. Even after her retirement, she volunteered in the church office. She also volunteered when the church served in the Beacon House soup kitchen. She was a regular communion helper. She was an active Sunday school class member and was the first woman president of the Highlanders class.

Helen B. Hennig Goodrich was born Feb. 10, 1906, to John and Bertha (Graf) Hennig in Chester, Wis.

Helen married Nathan Goodrich on May 23, 1936. Helen and Nathan settled in Waupun, Wis., and had a son, Roy, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and a daughter, Sharon Sopczak, of St. Petersburg. It was 15 years after Nathan's death in November 1972 that Helen moved to St. Petersburg to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

No one in the family minded that Helen was an excellent baker; the thought of one of her banana cream pies is enough to make family members and friends drool. She attends Our Savior Lutheran Church every week. She is a bit of a political junkie; she follows CNN very closely.

Helen has two grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

Marie Crane was born Feb. 10, 1903, to Mathias and Magdelena (Lorang) Kramer in Boston.

She married Thomas Crane on June 19, 1929. They had no children.

Marie attends Holy Cross Catholic Church.

We think that living 100 years is worth our taking notice. If you or a family member is about to celebrate a 100th birthday or more, please let us know. Include the following information: the person's full name, date of birth, place of birth, parents' names (including mother's maiden name) if known, name of spouse (if applicable), marriage date, names of children and number of grandchildren (if applicable), length of time the person has lived in this area and a phone number in case we have questions. Also, please include a photo that doesn't need to be returned. We'll publish the information as close to the birthday as possible. Send the information to 100-year Birthdays, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1121 or fax to (727) 893-8675.