Effie Petten turns 100
Clarke’s Beach resident reaches big milestone
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
Effie Petten (middle) is surrounded by members of her family on her 100th birthday July 8.