FAIRFIELD — Beatrice Eleanor Louise Cavana waved and blew kisses to the assembled group that surrounded her Friday.
Friends and family came to Nazareth Classic Care Community to celebrate Cavana’s 100th birthday. Fairfield’s Mayor Harry Price presented Cavana, who spent years as a civil servant at Travis Air Force Base, with a proclamation that listed 100 years of history that happened so far during her lifetime.
“Thank you for keeping those pilots on track at Travis Air Force Base,” he said to Cavana.
Cavana has three children, three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, several who were in attendance at the care facility that specializes in mid-level to advanced-level Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
Grandson John Cupp, 45, said his grandmother, who has lived in Fairfield about 65 years, was always on the go and isn’t surprised she is celebrating her 100th birthday.
Putting those 100 years in perspective, Cavana’s daughter, Kathleen Hudson, 66, said of her mother, “When she graduated high school, Wyatt Earp was still alive.”
Hudson said her mother is always smiling and always happy.
Cavana, who is originally from Alberta, Canada, was smiling Friday as she celebrated with cake and ice cream. At one point she looked up with a smile.
“All you people looking at me, I feel guilty,” she said, as everyone chuckled.
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