Fashion Extravaganza Number 107 (Debbie’s Lifestyles Photos Aug. 14)

BEATRICE COLEMAN WITH GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. Beatrice Coleman’s secret to longevity: “Live right, love God and love everybody.”

by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor

Milestone birthdays take a lot of planning. One might think that by the time you reach 107 years of age that a birthday party would be the least of your worries.

Not for Beatrice Coleman. On July 28, at the Comfort Inn & Suites on Rodi Road, Coleman hosted a birthday party and fashion extravaganza. The guest of honor requested that attendees dress in their favorite color in an after-five style and be prepared to participate in a fashion extravaganza. Coleman wore a beautiful suit in a shade of purple with a matching lavender hat. She even selected several models as her favorites and presented them with a gift.

Coleman’s daughter, Teresa Clark, a resident of California, assisted with the planning. Each guest received multiple party favors: a church fan with Coleman’s picture and a custom-made cookie in the shape of “Vogue Magazine Issue no. 107.” Coleman has hosted large parties for several years and small family gatherings as well. She announced that 107 will be the last large party.

Beatrice Coleman began attending Metropolitan Baptist Church in 1950 and has become the longest active member. She is referred to as “Mother Coleman.” Coleman moved to Pittsburgh in 1949 with her husband, Jesse Sr. In her professional career she was a nurse and graduated from Franklin Nursing School and then worked at West Penn Hospital. She also spent 31 years at Divine Providence Hospital on the North Side. It may be no surprise but the birthday lady loves to travel, visiting places in Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and Jerusalem. She loves to socialize with other grandmothers, forming a club called “Les Grand-meres” whose members became her traveling buddies. She never drove. She walked or rode streetcars or buses. She loves to bowl and model. She still cooks, manages the staircase in the home, and loves to watch “As The World Turns,” “American Ninja Warrior” and westerns on TV. I asked about her secret to longevity, she always says “live right, love God and love everybody.”

 

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