CARDINGTON — Eunice Klinefelter was honored on her 100th birthday during a reception held at Salem United Methodist Church.

The Cardington area woman was born Aug. 15, 1917, southeast of Ashley in Morrow County. She was the only daughter and middle child born to Chester and Dorothy Carpenter, who had six sons.

She attended several schools in the area, beginning first grade at Edison. She was allowed to skip second grade and became a third grade student at Cardington. Later, she attended the Stiner’s Corners one-room school before enrolling at Fulton where she graduated at the end of her junior year, serving as the class valedictorian.

Because Fulton had no 12th grade, she completed her senior year at Cardington High School, graduating in 1934 as the class salutatorian. Sadly, her father died the day she graduated.

She married Emerson Klinefelter in 1940. The couple was active in the Salem Church, where Eunice taught Sunday school for 60 years and was active with the church’s women’s groups. She rarely missed a year helping with the church’s annual ice cream social, still dishing up that food when she was 98 years old.

Hosting her party were her children, Rebecca Heimlich of Versailles, Kentucky, and Roger Klinefelter of Cardington. Joining them were four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and a host of friends. One grandchild and five great grandchildren were unable to attend.

Eunice credits her longevity to her faith in the Lord, clean living, good friends and, “I’m just too ornery to do anything but keep going.”

Congratulatory cards can be sent to Eunice at Woodside Village Care Center, Mount Gilead.

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Eunice Klinefelter Klinefelter

By Evelyn Long

The Sentinel