Just as the City of Gulfport celebrated its centennial in October 2010, the Senior Center celebrated its 27th birthday and the 100th birthdays of several local women. During the festivities, Mayor Mike Yakes acknowledged the centenarians, among them Janet Stutz, Margaret Scarfia, and MaryAnn Snow. These women all have active lives and frequent many Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center events.
Janet Stutz celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 12, 2010. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she came to Florida in 1976 to take care of her mother. According to Janet’s daughter, Jane Stretch, she is fiercely independent, saying, “I can do that myself” about most things. She loves the hearing support group at the Senior Center on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month where she feels understood and a part of the group.
Margaret Scarfia, born Dec. 2, 1910, came to Florida from New York City. She and her husband owned “The Music Box” on Gulfport Boulevard for several years until retiring in the early 70’s. Still active, Margaret says, “I’m a doer. If something has to be done, I get up and do it.” She participates in many senior center recreational activities and appreciates the volunteers at the center calling her every morning to check on her well-being.
Mary Ann Snow celebrated her 102nd birthday on May 6, 2010. A snowbird for many years, she finally nested in Florida in 2000. Mary Ann is active and until very recently played bridge every Tuesday and Thursday. Her daughter, Beverly Newcomb, says she has “geared her life around the game” and no one could visit her on Tuesday or Thursday morning before bridge.
Article by Karen Gates