Three Women, Three Centuries

5-20 Centenarians

Marjorie McCausland, age 99 of Swarthmore; Mae Verga, 103, of Wallingford; and Agnes Pugh, 105, of Rutledge were guests of honor at a luncheon last week at Drexelbrook Events Center in Drexel Hill. Photo by Elaine Lawley

In January, 1911, when Robert Falcon Scott landed in Antarctica to set out on his quest for the South Pole, Agnes Pugh had already begun her journey through life. That journey, which began on New Year’s Day, 1911, continues today, and was celebrated last week.

Mrs. Pugh, a resident of Rutledge, was among the 55 guests who are or will turn 100 in 2016, who were honored and feted by the 14th annual Centenarian Birthday Luncheon thrown by the Delaware County Office of Services to the Aging (COSA) at Drexelbrook Events Center in Upper Darby.

Described by her daughter as a warm and caring person, Mrs. Pugh spent years as a caregiver for family members, and volunteered at Taylor Hospital into her 80s. Her longevity owes to staying active and involved with others. A Maryland native, she came to Delaware County in her teens, worked as a waitress at Swarthmore College, and later in retail, and at the Delaware County Courthouse. She was married and raised two children, and now has four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Wallingford’s Mae Verga, 103, grew up in a large South Philadelphia family. She was a hat maker with Stylepark in Philadelphia; married her husband Louis and moved to Nether Providence, where she still lives today. She says she has lived long by eating well and taking care of herself. Mrs. Verga continues to spend good times with family, from her children down to her great-great-grandchildren.

Marjorie McCausland, underage at 99 (her 100th birthday will be August 21) grew up near New Haven, Connecticut, fishing, clambering on rocks, and playing on the shores of Long Island Sound. She attended Wheaton College in Illinois, met and married college sweetheart Edwin in 1940, and raised a daughter and two sons. A reader and prodigious knitter, Mrs. McCausland recently donated blankets to a home for unwed mothers. She attributes her long life to happiness from “a good life.”

— Reported by Elaine Lawley
COSA Communications Director

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