Edith Bevard of Maysville celebrated her 100 birthday on June 9.
A retired postal employee, she worked for the post office for her entire career. She held the position of postmistress for the town of Springdale in 1939, a town which no longer exists. She began working there as soon as she was old enough for the job.
“When I became 21 years old, they held up the post office until I became 21, because you had to be 21,” Edith Bevard said. “There was an opening at Springdale, and I wasn’t quite 21, but Joe Bates was the senator, and he held it up until I became 21 years old, and I stayed there for 30 years.”
Bevard also said she was once the youngest postmistress in the United States. She admitted she doesn’t know for how long, and it probably wasn’t for very long.
According to Ruvonna Bevard, Edith Bevard’s daughter-in-law and one of her caretakers, once Springdale was purchased by a mining company, the post office closed. Edith Bevard then went to work as a clerk for the Maysville post office until her retirement.
“They’d hired me as a clerk, and I was the first woman that worked at the Maysville post office,” Edith Bevard said.
Edith Bevard said she never thought she’d live to see 100, but she said she was always stout and spent plenty of time working in the yard. Ruvonna Bevard said Edith Bevard has always been an independent and active woman.
“When she worked at the post office, when the train would stop, and they would get the sacks of mail off the train, she did that,” Ruvonna Bevard said. “When she worked in Maysville, she did parcel postage and packages and unloading the trucks.”
Edith Bevard reflected on the another women nearby who have recently turned 100. Florence Mefford who turned 100 last month, is Edith Bevard’s childhood friend.
“I think this is odd. Four of us women have lived to be 100 years old in an area about a mile apart,” she said. “It was a good time for baby girls, I reckon, because there’s four of us.”
The best part of her life, Edith Bevard said, has been spending time with her grandchildren.
On advice to give to the younger generation, she was short on words, but she advises them to be respectable while they live their lives.
“Just live the best you can without drinking or carousing, that’s all I know of to tell,” Edith Bevard said
Edith Bevard was honored with a reception at her home recently in honor of reaching the century mark. The event was hosted by her family, including son Sam Bevard along with his wife, Ruvonna Bevard.