Jar­boe cel­e­brates 100th birth­day

The Enterprise - - Community - Writ­ten by Bev­erly Jar­boe

On Sept. 17, about 180 fam­ily mem­bers and friends gath­ered to help Rita Alyce Jar­boe cel­e­brate her 100th birth­day. The party, given by her fam­ily, was held in Johnny Bean’s garage, near Val­ley Lee.

Jar­boe was born in Scot­land and has lived in St. Mary’s County her en­tire life. Her par­ents were Su­san Marie Ridgell and James Par­ran Ten­nyson. Her sib­lings were Bene­dict Ekas, James Aubrey, her twin sis­ter Re­becca Agnes and Joseph Par­ran, all de­ceased.

Jar­boe at­tended school in a one-room school­house, then St. Michael’s Gram­mar School, and grad­u­ated from St. Michael’s High School on June 2, 1935, as vale­dic­to­rian of her class.

She mar­ried Bene­dict Par­ran Jar­boe on April 13, 1936. They hap­pily shared 67 years of mar­riage un­til his death on March 17, 2003. They had six chil­dren: Bene­dict Paul, Mary Shirkey (de­ceased), Brenda Jean, John Par­ran, Lawrence Wayne (de­ceased) and Robert Neal. The Jar­boes also had six grand­chil­dren, six great-grand­chil­dren and one great-great-grand­child, along with numerous nieces and neph­ews. She is the old­est liv­ing mem­ber of the Ten­nyson and Jar­boe fam­i­lies.

She vol­un­teered in sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions, re­ceiv­ing awards for out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion and years of ser­vice. She was a char­ter mem­ber of the Ladies of Char­ity, Catholic Daugh­ters Court St. Mary’s and KC Belles. She was also a mem­ber of the Ridge Li­ons Club.

She and her hus­band had an ac­tive so­cial life, at­tend­ing dances, card par­ties, which she still en­joys, and va­ca­tions to Canada and all but six states. Her hob­bies in­clude cro­chet­ing, tak­ing pic­tures, mak­ing scrap­books of trips and year­books of im­por­tant fam­ily events. She is an avid sports fan of NAS­CAR rac­ing, Red­skins foot­ball and the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

Jar­boe lived in her home near Leonard­town since 1997 un­til last fall when she de­cided it was time to move to an as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity due to a hip is­sue and dif­fi­culty walk­ing. Since Jan. 27, she has lived in Spring Vil­lage at Wilde­wood. She still goes out for lunch, cock­tails, spe­cial events and card par­ties, and is look­ing for­ward to many more birthdays.


Rita Alyce Jar­boe cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day on Sept. 17.

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