100 Centenarian Project
‘Workaholic’ values family togetherness
by Pat Lay-Wilson
Ruth Passavant was born Nov. 30, 1913, in Milwaukee, Wis. She was married once and has one daughter, now 80. She has five grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-greats. The family moved to California in 1940 to be closer to her sister. When Ruth’s husband died 20 years ago, she moved to Leisure World.
During her marriage Ruth travelled extensively with her husband, including a trip to the Orient for 18 days, which included Red China. This was a very prestigious trip with a couple from each state.
She had a “wonderful” husband and a good marriage. They lived in several California cities, and bought their first home for $6,500. Her husband refurbished several homes, which they would sell and go on to another.
Ruth thinks of herself as a “workaholic.”
She said, “Work was always important to me, and I was lucky I worked — even during the depression.”
She worked in a match factory and was a secretary at a school. She worked outside of the home during most of her married life, which was rare in those days.
Ruth was also a talented seamstress; she sewed her daughter’s formals and even a wedding dress.
She attends the Catholic Church often and has a strong belief that God guides her daily life.
Her extended family is close and has several gatherings and parties over the course of a year.
On her 100th birthday the family threw a party in Clubhouse 4; over 50 people attended. She is proud of her grandchildren; they include attorneys, accountants, executives and a wrestler. She said that all of her grandchildren are “party animals” and love to be around the family.
Ruth has always been close to her family. She grew up with five brothers and sisters. They were “poor” but rich in family togetherness. As a youngster, Ruth had red hair and freckles. She said that at age 13, in 1926, she drove a truck with a stick-shift on the floor.
During the early part of her life, Ruth had several severe health issues and almost died.
She said, “When I was 50, I took a long hard look at my life and decided to become healthy.”
She walked daily, and when she moved to Leisure World, at 80, she exercised at the Amphitheater, walking up and down the stairs eight times a day. These days, she eats a healthy diet but no longer exercises.
Although she gave up the theater because it no longer holds any interest for her, Ruth still enjoys movies. She saw the movie “Vow” 17 times, and even has a life-size photo of actor Tatum Channing leaning against a wall in her dining room.
Ruth enjoys playing bridge, although she becomes a little impatient with those who don’t know how to bid or play correctly.
She believes that, “Basically people are good.”
LWer Donn Maryott is guest speaker
The Seal Beach International Friendship Association (SBIFA)will be venturing to South America at its May 15 dinner meeting.
Trek with Donn Maryott as he explores remote villages and tributaries along the Amazon River and get to know its people, critters and cultures in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. Dare to eat a grub worm? Find out if he did. Check out the head hunters, a medicine man and other interesting characters along the way.
This intrepid traveler has been a Seal Beach resident for 15 years. Donn retired in 1995 and when he is not on his exploits all over the world, he is an avid long distance bicyclist (30-50 miles a day) and swimmer.
Those in attendance will also meet the winner of the June Hopkins Memorial Scholarship at this meeting when she is presented with the SBIFA’s annual scholarship. June Hopkins was one of the founders of the organization and a leader in the Seal Beach community.
RSVP ASAP, as space is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. Dinner meetings are open to the public.
The meeting will take place at the Senior Center of the Mary Wilson Library, 707 Electric Ave., Seal Beach. Cost for members is $12 or $22 for couples; $15 for non-members or $27 for couples; and $10 for students under age 21.
Pay by check or exact change at the door. RSVP with Katie Montgomery by May 11 at (714) 675-3563, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If a reservation must be cancelled at the last minute, a courteous call to Claire Yeh, 212-6456, or Katie, (714) 675-3563) is appreciated.
Mothers, fathers honored at party
The Vietnamese-American Club will celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day at the May 17 meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, beginning at noon.
The ladies are asked to wear the traditional long dress, ao dai. There will be group pictures taken.
Many special songs will be shared with a one-man band, dedicated to everything that parents have done for everyone.
Also a variety of foods and drinks have been ordered for the party.
All Vietnamese people and their friends in Leisure World are invited. Reservations are required; call T. V. Tran, 295-8432 .
Computer/eBay classes taught
Computer classes conducted by the Friendship Club in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, are open to all Leisure Worlders and their guests.
A repeatable introduction to the personal computer (most versions) with Jeff Sacks will be conducted Monday, May 12, from 9-10 a.m.; followed by open computer questions about PCs, Macs and how to find a Windows 7 computer when not available in stores, from 10-11 a.m.
Maxine Smith conducts a separate question-and-answer forum, Let’s Talk eBay, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants do not need to attend the computer class to attend the eBay class. Max suggests bringing questions and if possible, an item to sell, or tell her something to buy. These forums have been more helpful than focusing on beginners’ eBay. Many people come to her class for advice, etc., and are not beginners. Wireless Internet is available in Clubhouse 3, so wireless laptops are welcome.
Light refreshments are served. The cost is $5 for one or both classes. For information, call Jeff Sacks, (714) 642-0122.
CSULB women are guest speakers
Chapter RT of the PEO Sisterhood will meet Monday, May 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Come for coffee at 10:30 a.m.; business meeting is at 11, followed by the program at noon.
The guest speakers are two women from Cal State University, Long Beach. Jeane Cavenes is the assistant dean of students, and the director of the Women’s Resource Center, and Kathryn Courtney works with Jeanne as the director of development for Student Services at the university. This will be an informative and interesting discussion and members look forward to learning about the involvement of today’s students in these areas. Kathryn lives in Leisure World and is a PEO Sister in a Long Beach chapter.
The California State Convention will be held in Anaheim, May 30, 31 and June l, so there will be no meeting May 26.
The June 9 meeting date has been changed to Wednesday, June 3, to accommodate The Report of Convention by the chapter’s California State visiting delegate.
Chapter RT sponsors the PEO card party/luncheon on the fourth Wednesday of every month. There will be a card party/luncheon on Wednesday May 23. Call Jan Krehbiel, 431-8240, to make a reservation for a table of four.
Mike Preminger rescheduled for May 13
Mike Preminger will perform his Comedy Workshop for the Schmooze Club and Leisure World residents and guests on Tuesday, May 13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Mike was unable to perform at last month’s meeting.
Refreshments will be served during “schmoozing” (socializing) time from 10-10:30 a.m., after which the program will begin. There is no cost to attend. Donations are gratefully accepted as there are “no dues to schmooze.”
Mr. Preminger was born in the Bronx, and began his stand-up comedy career at the famous Improvisation in New York. His television appearances include: “The Tonight Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “The Dinah Shore Show” and the “Dean Martin Summer Show.” Mike worked the Playboy circuit, appeared at numerous Catskill mountain resorts, and has performed in nightclub and concert venues across the country as both a headliner and opening act for, among others, Connie Stevens, The Four Tops, and Vic Damone,
For a number of years, Mike concentrated on raising his family and on his writing career. With his writing partner, he wrote the critical and commercial hit film “Nothing in Common,” starring Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason as well as many TV movies.
He is back by popular demand after his previous visit to the Schmooze Club last year.
All are invited to make new friends while enjoying Mike’s special brand of comedy.
For further information or to leave the names of outside guests for entry at the Main Gate, call Evelyn Glick, 598-2022.
LWer celebrates 90th in the snow
Mavis L. Bonas, Mutual 14, celebrated her 90th birthday with family at Harrah’s, Lake Tahoe from April 26-30.
Mavis was born April 26, 1924.
The children were happy because it snowed and everything was snow-white and beautiful.
Birthday dinner was served overlooking the lake.
Cards were printed saying “Things Mom Loves, sugar cookies, playing dominos, gambling, decorating, husband, family, church, cooking, telling stories, caring for her sister, moving furniture, helping people and visiting with friends.”
GRF Controller is guest tomorrow
GRF Controller Carolyn Miller will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club on Friday, May 9, at 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhoue 3, Room 8.
As controller, Carolyn’s main focus is to safeguard the assets of Leisure World shareholders, and with the assistance of the GRF Board of Directors, create a responsible annual budget.
Carolyn earned her bachelor’s of science degree in accounting and is a 28-year veteran accountant. She recently celebrated her five-year anniversary with the GRF. Hired as a senior accountant, Carolyn was soon promoted to accounting supervisor and then controller in January 2013. During her tenure with GRF, she has implemented vast improvements within the Finance Department while studying for and passing the CPA exam.
Carolyn resides in Orange County and enjoys long-distance running. Over the past ten years, Carolyn has run two marathons and 56 half-marathons.
Docia Drake was the last Friday’s guest speaker. She talked about becoming an estate sales agent in LW. She told of the special care she gives residents and/or their families as they liquidate their belongings. It was very emotional and rewarding to know the respect she shows in these difficult times. Members had many questions for Docia about the rules and regulations, as well as etiquette.
The Sunshine Club is working with Terri Furlow, director of Health Care Center to bring a representative from either SCAN or Golden State healthcare insurance company to the May 23 meeting. The topic will be the best way to utilize the current healthcare plans or how to get a plan.
The Sunshine Club is an English speaking class. All shareholders are welcome to attend. No membership required. Refreshments are provided.
Paws, Claws & Beaks
Celebrate fifth anniversary, May 14
Paws, Claws & Beaks will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Wednesday, May 14 at 3 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. All Leisure World animal lovers are welcome to join the celebration.
Paws, Claws & Beaks was established in 2009 to support LW’s many dog, cat and bird owners. Members exchange stories, advice, experiences and hear from experts on a variety of pet related topics. The club makes regular donations to cat and dog rescues, invites guests from local shelters to speak, as well as touring Southern California shelters.
Once a year members bring their pets along for fun to the annual picnic. This year’s event is Sept. 10, in the garden area of Clubhouse 1.
The club meets the second Wednesday of every month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
Come help members celebrate and learn more about Paws, Claws & Beaks.
— Peggy Keller