Bernice Emery honored on 100th birthday

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Bernice Emery celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. Pictured with Mrs. Emery are her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Hattie Emery and granddaughter, Donna Kellems.

Bernice Emery was the guest of honor for two parties held in recognition of her 100th birthday. She celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 13, and again on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Mrs. Emery, a lifelong Paragould resident, has lived at Monette Manor for a year and a half.

Her out-of state family could not be there on Wednesday so a celebration was held Saturday. Her daughter Kathie Sandlin of Longmont, Colo., and other family members and friends wished her an early happy birthday on Saturday.

Mrs. Bernice Emery celebrates her 100th birthday.

Monette Manor hosted a party on her birthday welcoming family and friends. Her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Hattie Emery of Paragould, and granddaughter Donna Kellems of Jonesboro, along with several of her friends joined the staff and residents on Wednesday afternoon to share Mrs. Emery's 100th day.

Mrs. Emery's other grandchildren include Danny Emery of Moscow, Tenn., and Billy Kimbrough of Longmont, Colo. Great-grandchildren are Ashley Kellems, Joshua Emery and Natalie Emery and a step-great-great-granddaughter, Kirsten Lavender.

Activity director Wendy Carpenter read a letter from NBC News signed by Willard Scott. A banner wishing her a happy birthday was placed outside of the nursing center announcing the celebration.

Rick Copeland and Robert Chambers provided entertainment for the afternoon. Cake and punch were served as friends and family visited with Mrs. Emery.

Mrs. Emery was born Sept. 17, 1914, in Paragould. She was married to J.T. Emery who passed away in 1976.

Mrs. Emery worked at the shoe factory until it closed. She was a seamstress and enjoyed sewing and doing alterations. If she liked something, she could buy it no matter the size and make it fit. She made her daughter's wedding gown.

Mrs. Emery lived in her home until she was 98. She has seen a lot of changes in her lifetime. She learned to drive at the age of 60 after her husband had a stroke. She would go to George Ray's race track in Paragould when no one was there and learned to drive.

Mrs. Emery turned 100 on Wednesday with a smile for her friends and a thankful heart.

A poem Mrs. Emery had composed at the age of 90 was framed and read at the party by Carpenter.

I'm Ninety

I've made it to ninety,

Still have a lot of fun.

Now Lord, if it be thy will,

Let me see ninety-one.

I've got a lot of friends,

and their alterations I do.

Now Lord, if it be thy will,

Let me see ninety-two.

I've really been blessed, with

All the repairs they bring me.

Now Lord, if it be thy will,

Let me see ninety-three.

I have a lot of time,

And needed to do more.

Now Lord, if it be thy will,

Let me see ninety-four.

I go to the East Main Street Church of Christ,

Meet friends that have survived.

Now Lord, if it be they will,

Let me see ninety-five.

We study the Bible

And discuss the test.

Now Lord, if it be thy will,

Let me see ninety-six.

I go to bed early,

And meditate on heaven.

Now Lord, if it be thy will,

Let me see ninety-seven.

I get a good night's rest,

So I can rise by day-break.

Now Lord if it by they will,

Let me see ninety-eight.

I'm not fussing,

But just relying on time.

Now Lord, if it be thy will,

Let me see ninety-nine.

I don't know what will rhyme

With a hundred,

But, time is running out.

Now Lord if it by thy will,

Just give me a home in that

Place over yonder.

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