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Edith White will be 100

Staff writer

Edith White, currently of Redding, Calif, is turning 100 Oct. 12 and her family requests a card shower.

White was the owner and operator of the Town ‘N’ Country Café in Florence for 35 years starting in the late 1950s.

White employed Jean Shipman, Jeanie Mirusha, and Caroline Spencer, who eventually bought the restaurant from White. Seven of White’s eight children also worked in the restaurant.

“She was the easiest person you could work for. She didn’t show us any favors; she expected us to do our job,” daughter Sharon McCubbin said. “She’d do anything for anybody.”

After divorcing her husband more than 60 years ago, White raised her eight children and ran her restaurant all on her own.

“She’s the best mom in the world,” McCubbin said.

White lives with her oldest son Ron White in Redding after her declining health forced her to move.

Ron, Ted, Doug, Jerry, and Jim White will be joined by Marilyn Honeycutt, Beverly Gonurnelos, and McCubbin for White’s birthday celebration. It will be the first time all the siblings have been together in eight years, McCubbin said. They all live in different states.

White was raised in rural Peabody and graduated from Peabody High School in 1929.

The family requests cards be sent to 7511 Almigo Way, Redding, Calif, 96002.

Last modified Oct. 5, 2011

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