HAPPY 105th BIRTHDAY | Nellie Beach



Residence: Hubbard.

Date of birth: Nov. 23, 1908, in Yorkshire, England.


Parents: John and Lily Meadows, deceased.

Siblings: Jack Meadows and Bessie Bracket, both deceased.

Spouse: Everett Beach, deceased. They were married Nov. 6, 1929, in Niagara Falls. They were married 47 years before he died.

Children: Geraldine Hallapy, Jeanette Perry and John Beach, all of Hubbard; Leo Beach of San Antonio; and Donna Jean Beach, who is deceased.

Grandchildren: 15.

Great-grandchildren: 14.

Great-great grandchildren: six.


Education: Attended an all-girls school in South Wales until the eighth grade, which was a complete education at the time.

Employment: Worked at the Mazda Lamp plant when she first arrived in Youngstown. During World War II, she worked as a certified welder. She owned and operated Ever Ready Cleaners and worked for the owners of Livingston’s clothing store for 20 years.

Church membership: For 66 years has belonged to Central Christian Church, where she was an elder, financial secretary and volunteer who took communion to shut-ins.

Club membership: Rebecca Lodge, in which she is very active.


In her youth: In 1922, when she was 14, Nellie and her family came to America by ship. After seven days’ voyage, they arrived at Ellis Island. Nellie was seasick the whole trip. They traveled to Youngstown and moved into a house on Florida Avenue, on the Southside. When Nellie worked at the lamp plant, she gave all her checks to her mother, who then gave Nellie a small allowance for the streetcar fare so she could get to work.

Lifestyle: Mrs. Beach lives on her own and takes care of herself, along with cleaning and cooking. She walks with no need for a cane or walker and takes no prescriptions.

Hobbies: She enjoys playing cards and bingo. Mrs. Beach makes ceramic items and she crochets and makes quilts for children. She loves traveling and visiting with family.

Philosophy on life: She attributes her longevity to her faith, hard work and good eating habits. She says she eats a banana every day and has a cup of hot tea with every meal.

Celebration: Family and friends wish her a happy birthday and many more.

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