SUNSHINE: Excellent temperature smiles upon the distinctive celebration on East 10th Avenue, Barnegat Light, allowing Althea Martie to greet company outdoors. Neighbors, parishioners, dignitaries obtain with relatives in celebration. (Photograph by Ryan Morrill)
It’s a superior lifestyle when you are sitting down outside the house with a tiara on your head, seeking attractive, keeping 10 bouquets of bouquets, surrounded by relatives in the driveway of an oceanfront home, and the neighbors and mates preserve on coming to would like you a joyful 100th birthday.
They sang it two times to Althea Martie, and then the vicar of St. Peters-at-the-Light-weight Episcopal Church spoke with gratitude that “we’re privileged to know you and to have you as aspect of our group for so several several years.”
Born March 8, 1921, Martie, a previous teacher at Catherine Gibbs Small business University in Ridgewood for 22 decades, retired to Barnegat Light-weight in 1978. She misplaced her to start with partner in the Fight of the Bulge, Globe War II. He didn’t know he was a father at the time of his demise. She married her second partner, Robert T. Martie, in 1948 and has five young children, seven grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and just one on the way.
It was difficult to catch a second to speak when she was not receiving more bouquets, homemade signals, and even a contact from
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previous US Consultant Tom MacArthur, but she was capable to solution the unavoidable problem to centenarians: “What’s your top secret to a very long lifestyle?”
“Good genes,” she instantly replied, and laughed as she added, “I had nothing to do with it.”
“Oh, I don’t know about that, Ma,” son Robert stated.
Turning to the reporter, he explained, “She constantly retains a beneficial mindset. She eats nicely, usually has she has a minor bit of wine each and every night, not as well a great deal. But you know what,” he regarded as, ending up agreeing with his mom, “she’s just received a potent constitution, generally has.”
Daughter and namesake Althea, who lives close to Syracuse, N.Y., explained her mom had gotten the to start with of two COVID vaccinations. “But she wasn’t really anxious about it” due to the fact she hasn’t actually gone everywhere because last March.
Motor vehicle rides, which includes to the library, are just one exception. “She’s an avid reader,” her daughter explained, “of almost everything she can get her arms on. She goes to the library and gets a stack of textbooks.”
The some others of Martie’s 5 little ones are John, Jacklynn and Thomas.
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“Doesn’t she search good? What a sweet, sweet lady,” remarked parishioner Kay Giberson, who named Martie “a beloved pillar of our church.”
Martie was the church treasurer for lots of many years, Giberson mentioned. “She and her spouse Robert had been instrumental in the fundraising and making of our parish hall.”
The vicar, Genevieve Bishop, has recognized Martie for numerous years. “I was elevated up by the parish, and now I’ve returned as their priest as of Jan. 1 of this calendar year,” she stated.
“You have blessed us, you have been an illustration to us, you have been a sign of God’s love and God’s gentleness, and we are really grateful,” Bishop claimed to Martie at the Sunday out of doors birthday celebration.
Barnegat Mild Mayor Kirk Larson was on hand to congratulate the resident of honor, as ended up Councilwoman Mary Ellen Foley, who is a neighbor, and Councilwoman Dottie Reynolds. Relatives users had been afterwards instructed that a proclamation in her honor would be organized to be read through at the upcoming borough council assembly.
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“It was so awesome of all people to occur,” the birthday female declared.
The bouquets had been still arriving all day Sunday and into Monday, her daughter reported. “She claimed she’s operating out of tables to place them on.”
— Maria Scandale