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Happy 100th Birthday to Fay Eveleigh

Fay Eveleigh, former Port aux Basques school teacher celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 15.
Fay Eveleigh, former Port aux Basques school teacher celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 15.

Rod Keeping, a former mayor of Port aux Basques who now lives in Mount Pearl found out in 2015 that his Kindergarten teacher at St. James Elementary in Port aux Basques was living in St. John’s.

There are certain teachers that stand out in a student’s mind over the years, he said.

 

Miss Eveleigh was one of them.

 

“Miss Eveleigh was a very nice lady. She was a firm teacher, really organized. She made an impression on a lot of students.”

 

Keeping attended Miss Eveleigh’s 99th birthday.

 

“She said to me then, ‘You’ll be back for my birthday next year?’ I said ‘I sure will. I can’t wait for it.’ She said, ‘I’ll be praying for you.’”

 

Keeping was on vacation in Florida and unable to attend Miss Eveleigh’s 100th birthday celebration. However, he visited her a week after her birthday.

 

“Her values and determination are the same now as they were when she taught me… It’s nice to be a part of her life now, just to have a yarn with her.”

 

Miss Fay Eveleigh of Joe Batt’s Arm celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 15 at St. Luke’s Homes in St. John’s.

 

Miss Eveleigh served on the Provincial Retired Teachers Association as a member at large for three years and as secretary for four years.

 

While living and teaching in Gander, Miss Eveleigh was very much involved in her local church, serving as secretary or treasurer of various groups over the years. She also wrote a history of St. Martin’s Cathedral in Gander and worked to preserve its archives.

 

Her church interests never wavered in her later years and at age 90 she took a theology course at Queen’s College.

 

Miss Eveleigh has always been an advocate for lifelong learning. She’s taken courses in creative writing, painting, public speaking, and calligraphy and always found the time for sewing, reading, doing puzzles and playing cribbage, scrabble and bridge.

 

Miss Eveleigh lived independently until 2005 when she moved from Gander to a cottage at St. Luke’s Homes in St. John’s in 2011.

 

When asked about her lifestyle, Miss Eveleigh – who never married - said she always ate healthy food.

 

“I lived alone and got my own groceries. I cooked for myself. I drove a car.”

 

Miss Eveleigh said she’s happy living at St. Luke’s Homes. When asked why she believes she’s lived so long, she turns to her faith – as she has done throughout her life.

 

“God wasn’t ready for me yet, I guess. We have lots of chats. I talk to him every night and the first thing in the morning and anytime in the day when it crosses my mind.”

 

danette@nl.rogers.com

 

There are certain teachers that stand out in a student’s mind over the years, he said.

 

Miss Eveleigh was one of them.

 

“Miss Eveleigh was a very nice lady. She was a firm teacher, really organized. She made an impression on a lot of students.”

 

Keeping attended Miss Eveleigh’s 99th birthday.

 

“She said to me then, ‘You’ll be back for my birthday next year?’ I said ‘I sure will. I can’t wait for it.’ She said, ‘I’ll be praying for you.’”

 

Keeping was on vacation in Florida and unable to attend Miss Eveleigh’s 100th birthday celebration. However, he visited her a week after her birthday.

 

“Her values and determination are the same now as they were when she taught me… It’s nice to be a part of her life now, just to have a yarn with her.”

 

Miss Fay Eveleigh of Joe Batt’s Arm celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 15 at St. Luke’s Homes in St. John’s.

 

Miss Eveleigh served on the Provincial Retired Teachers Association as a member at large for three years and as secretary for four years.

 

While living and teaching in Gander, Miss Eveleigh was very much involved in her local church, serving as secretary or treasurer of various groups over the years. She also wrote a history of St. Martin’s Cathedral in Gander and worked to preserve its archives.

 

Her church interests never wavered in her later years and at age 90 she took a theology course at Queen’s College.

 

Miss Eveleigh has always been an advocate for lifelong learning. She’s taken courses in creative writing, painting, public speaking, and calligraphy and always found the time for sewing, reading, doing puzzles and playing cribbage, scrabble and bridge.

 

Miss Eveleigh lived independently until 2005 when she moved from Gander to a cottage at St. Luke’s Homes in St. John’s in 2011.

 

When asked about her lifestyle, Miss Eveleigh – who never married - said she always ate healthy food.

 

“I lived alone and got my own groceries. I cooked for myself. I drove a car.”

 

Miss Eveleigh said she’s happy living at St. Luke’s Homes. When asked why she believes she’s lived so long, she turns to her faith – as she has done throughout her life.

 

“God wasn’t ready for me yet, I guess. We have lots of chats. I talk to him every night and the first thing in the morning and anytime in the day when it crosses my mind.”

 

danette@nl.rogers.com

 

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