Effie Pet­ten turns 100

Clarke’s Beach res­i­dent reaches big mile­stone

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER TC ME­DIA COL­UMN nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Cupids na­tive Effie Pet­ten had a big birth­day on July 8.

The res­i­dent of the Pen­te­costal Se­nior Cit­i­zen’s Home in Clarke’s Beach wel­comed many fam­ily and friends as she turned 100-years-old and be­came this prov­ince’s lat­est cen­te­nar­ian.

“I re­ally don’t re­al­ize that I’m 100,” she told The Com­pass last week.

Sit­ting in her wheel­chair in­side the lounge area of the home, Effie spoke for close to a half-an-hour about her life grow­ing up in her beloved Cupids — she’s the old­est of the Ak­er­man clan — and mov­ing to Port de Grave in 1942 af­ter mar­ry­ing Ralph Pet­ten.

She had no trou­ble re­mem­ber­ing some of her favourite sto­ries. There were times she’d pause, but that’s pri­mar­ily be­cause her hearing has slipped in re­cent years. Other than that, Effie re­mains sharp.

As she moved her way through one story about see­ing an au­to­mo­bile for the first time in Cupids, the or­derly clean­ing the lounge stopped to lis­ten.

“Roy Dawe next door to us had a car and I think Arthur Boone had the first one down in south­side,” said Effie. “It was a real old fash­ioned one. I can see it now.

“Ev­ery­one was run­ning out to look at it.”

Af­ter hearing the story, the or­derly smiled softly and shook her head.

“I could lis­ten to her all day,” she said be­fore shuf­fling off to an­other duty.

Effie and her hus­band had two chil­dren in Port de Grave. She has six grand­chil­dren and seven great grand­chil­dren.

As they say, you can take the girl out of Cupids, but you can’t take Cupids out of the girl. Effie never stopped lov­ing Cupids.

Up till a cou­ple of years ago, her daugh­ter still ar­rived every Sun­day to take Effie for a drive

“When some­one would go and en­list, we’d give them a lit­tle party be­fore they’d go,” said Effie.

In her 100 years, she’s seen plenty. There was Con­fed­er­a­tion with Canada and vot­ing priv­i­leges for women. In the World Se­ries, the Bos­ton Red Sox beat the Brook­lyn Robins.

“It was hard times at the be­gin­ning, but at the end it was good,” said Effie.

I al­ways call it, ‘Good, old Cupids.’ Effie Pet­ten

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Effie Pet­ten (mid­dle) is sur­rounded by mem­bers of her fam­ily on her 100th birth­day July 8.

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