By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
November 1 was a special day for a local woman.
Eva Irene Beebe celebrated her 101st birthday last Tuesday with family and friends at Sienna Extended Care in Midwest City.
Even though she’s confined to a wheelchair, Ms. Beebe makes the rounds at the nursing home and spread cheer and candy to fellow residents. On Tuesday afternoon, she enjoyed visiting with family and pastor Danny Gandara and his wife Theresa.
An employee with the nursing home read a proclamation from Del City Mayor Floyd Eason declaring Nov. 1, 2022, as “Eva Irene Beebe Day” in Del City, her former hometown.
The group sang “Happy Birthday” and enjoyed cake and cupcakes.
Ms. Beebe was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Forgan, Oklahoma. In 1948, she moved to Oklahoma City and worked at what is now Tinker Air Force Base. Ms. Beebe returned to Forgan where owned and operated A&E Variety and Confectionary. She later moved to Sherman, Texas in 1965 and worked in a hospital for 23 years, was a bookkeeper at two men’s clothing stores, and later volunteered at various organizations.
In 2006, she moved to Del City and volunteered at the Midwest City hospital for several years until her “knee finally gave out.” She lived at home until 2018 when she moved to Sienna Extended Care in Midwest City.
Ms. Beebe is a member of Sunnylane Southern Baptist Church and credits her longevity to a blessed Christian life and her love of the Lord and strong faith.
She was married and had two children: Patricia and Joe and grandchildren and great grandchildren.