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Three candles on cake mark Sun Citian’s 100th birthday

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 5:45 am

It’s hard to put 100 candles on a cake.

If you are clever, however, you can get by with three — one for the past; one for the present; and one for the future.

This was the special cake delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers, Bill Pike and Ruth Wright, to Billee Weatherly, who marked her 100 birthday on May 7.

It was a spectacular cake for a spectacular lady.

Weatherly’s positive outlook on life makes being with her a delight.

She credits her success and happiness to her birth in Bakersfield, Calif., and good-old fashioned Irish-English upbringing.

With strong beliefs and a good work ethic, Weatherly maneuvered her way through multiple educational specialties and diverse work experiences.

The most common thread for her professional life was in the petroleum and drilling industries.

Her resume includes high executive positions with Occidental, Honolulu Oil and Standard Oil.

She is one of the few techno-stenos certified in the “specialty-shorthands” of geology, paleontology and law.

As a young lady, Weatherly enjoyed extensive exploration on her motorcycle.

It took her move to Scottsdale in 2000, however, for her to become an expert and fearless freeway driver.

Her move to Arizona also gave her time to reignite another interest.

Here, she renewed her passion for music by purchasing a “humungous” organ and beginning lessons again.

Nevertheless, practicing for each lesson will not deter her from fulfilling her true commitment to the Sun City Readers as a director.  

Pleased with her 100 years of accomplishment, she is especially proud of her two sons — a minister and a pilot — and her countless grandchildren.

She is adamant in claiming a proud heritage of many generations of doctors. This includes Dr. Rufus Stearns, the initiator of the first recorded medical clinic in the United States.

What a remarkable, productive and varied-experienced life!

When asked, however, what she would do given the chance to do it all over, she immediately responded, “I would be a surgeon.”

Acorns don’t fall far from the tree.

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