At 101, still crocheting for the little ones among us

Published April 1, 2007

Cleo Mylott ushered in her 101st year of life with a birthday party on Feb. 27, 2007, at East Bay Nursing Center in Largo. "Dave" Foster entertained the celebratory group with his unique style of folksy music.

Cleo has been a resident of the Largo-St. Petersburg area for 52 years, and for the past few has lived at East Bay Nursing Center, where the former seamstress and dressmaker still does alterations and crochets baby blankets and baby clothes.

She was born Feb. 27, 1906, in Niles, Mich., to Elmer Ullery, a builder of schools and churches, and Bessie May Platz Ullery, a homemaker. Cleo's four siblings, Cleland, Carmelita, Emmagene and Arbutus, are deceased.

She was married June 10, 1923, to Herbert Emerson Mylott at First Christian Church in South Bend, Ind. The couple got married in the parsonage on Sunday morning and waited until after church services to tell everyone what they'd done.

The couple's 41-year marriage produced two sons, Deloss Eldwin and Bob Elbert. Herbert passed away in 1964.

Cleo attributes her longevity to "just plain, everyday living," and advises, "Eat your vegetables and meat and be content with today because tomorrow might not come."

Centenarian says his bachelorhood did it

Feb. 17, 2007, marked the 100th birthday of Anthony "Tony" Armellino, a 30-year resident of the Oaks of Clearwater. His birthday party had been celebrated at the facility on Feb. 16.

His 91-year-old sister, Ann Tye, says her older brother "is a very religious man," and is "kind, sympathetic and understanding."

"He came here 30 years ago when he was young," she added. In the 1970s, Tony was one of the first residents at the Oaks of Clearwater, which had just opened.

He was born February 17, 1907, in New York City to Joseph Armellino and his wife, Felicia Taddano.

Tony worked as a courier on Wall Street. He never married, and he attributes his longevity to his bachelor status.

Couple celebrate their 50th with open house

James Paul Waldron and his wife, Violet Marie (Davis), of Clearwater, hosted a 50th wedding anniversary open house on Feb. 24, 2007, at their home for family and friends.

The Waldrons tied the knot on Feb. 23, 1957, in Johnson City, Tenn.

Paul worked 35 years as a coal miner and retired as foreman of Consolidated Coal Company. Violet was a homemaker. They came here in 1971 from Princeton, W.Va.

The Waldrons have a son, Keith, of Holiday, a daughter, Vanessa Portz, of Jacksonville, and a grandson and granddaughter.

House party marks 50 years for couple

Toby and Marilyn Lowery, of Largo, celebrated 50 years of marriage with a recent house party that included family and friends.

The couple married on Dec. 29, 1956, in Thomasville, Ga.

Residents of this area for more than 50 years, Toby came here from Knoxville, Tenn., and worked as an electrician, and Marilyn moved here from Erie, Pa.. She was employed as a project coordinator and is now semi-retired.

They are members of Christ Presbyterian Church, Largo. Other memberships include the Suncoast Women's Club and the Early Birds golf group.

The couple has four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Awards go to leaders in customer service

Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson presented several achievement awards, including two major "World-class Service" awards, given to the top agencies achieving excellence in customer service.

After tabulating more than 30,000 comment cards from nine offices focusing on customer satisfaction, the Gulf-to-Bay Agency posted the top number of 98.8 percent. Agency administrator Mona Owens, chief deputy Charles W. "Carlos" Thomas, and licensing and services deputy Lillian M. "Tillie" Blocker accepted the award for the Agency. Also receiving a "World-class Service" award was the e-Service Center, answering nearly 400,000 phone calls and establishing a response time of within 24 hours to the thousands of incoming calls. Laurel Whitney accepted the award, along with Thomas and Blocker.

Aquarium honors dedicated volunteer

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is proud to announce that Les Amour has been named February's Volunteer of the Month. He has been a dedicated volunteer since December 2005 and is a valuable member of the Education Department.

Les enjoys giving tours and educating the public.

His dedication and knowledge are much appreciated by all at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.