Centenarian Bernadine Wilson honored with partyFree Access

Bernadine Wilson (seated, center), who recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at the ParksEdge Event Center in Jackson, is pictured with her three children (standing, from the left),p Hugh Wilson, Jr., Pamela Federspiel, and Randall Wilson. (Photo Courtesy of Pamela Federspiel)

The ParksEdge Event Center in Jackson was the venue for the recent celebration of Bernadine Wilson’s 100th birthday party with family and friends.

Bernadine, better known as “Bernie” or “Nannie,” was pleased that her extended family members made the trip from Memphis, Johnson City, Louisville, and Somerset. Her three great-great-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, seven grandchildren, three children, and many more family and friends made the party complete.

Wilson was born on Nov. 28, 1922, the oldest of her three sisters. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in the Richmond Dale area and started Jackson High School in 7th grade. Wilson graduated in the Class of 1940. She joined the war effort by working at the National Fireworks Company to produce ammunition for the soldiers during World War II. She discovered one of her co-workers was not loading the explosive chargers in the shells and turned her into her supervisor. The co-worker was a German sympathizer. During this time, she also earned her welding certification to qualify as a welder for building projects.

Bernadine Wills married Hugh B. Wilson in 1946. They had three children: Pamela, Hugh, Jr., and Randall. She has been a widow for 33 years.

Bernadine Wilson (seated, center), who recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at the ParksEdge Event Center in Jackson, is pictured with her three children (standing, from the left),p Hugh Wilson, Jr., Pamela Federspiel, and Randall Wilson. (Photo Courtesy of Pamela Federspiel)

Bernadine has worked with children through preschool education and babysitting in her home through the years. She has been involved in her church, the Good Shepherd Wesleyan Methodist, through missionary work and attendance. Faith has been an important part of her life and always believing in the best in people.

She may be 100 years old but she doesn’t feel 100; she was always a walker before it became a popular way to exercise. She is also an avid reader even though she now reads her favorite author in large print! Her daughter, a librarian, makes sure she has the latest one!

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