Thelma Fern (Floyd) Eastman, rural Winfield, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Aug. 31, 2013. This special occasion will be marked with a picnic gathering for family and friends at Island Park.
Thelma has had many hobbies through her lifetime — family, gardening, chickens, reading and genealogy. In her younger days, she loved attending auctions, piecing quilts, embroidering and other handwork.
She states that the main reason for her longevity has been hard work, organic and natural supplements, and she has always been very active. One of her favorite quotes is from Robert Louis Stevenson’s archives: “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves us all not to talk about the rest of us,” and she has pretty much lived her life that way.
She had her own chickens and garden until a year ago when her eyesight failed her. Her general health is very good, her mind is very sharp and she lives independently. Even though she has always worked hard, she says she has no regrets, and she feels like she has been richly blessed in her lifetime.
Thelma was married to Leo Eastman on the same day as her birthday, and they would have been married 80 years this year. Leo passed away in 2000. They had five children, two of whom are deceased. There are 15 grandchildren (two deceased); 39 great-grandchildren; and 31 great-great grandchildren.
Birthday cards and greetings may be sent to her at 14542 55th Road, Winfield, KS 67156.