Eliza Wardle and Reva Jenkins have lived through a period of 18 U.S. presidents, two world wars, the Great Depression, the Space Age and Bart Simpson.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Utah County recently honored the two women, both 100 years old, for their volunteer service to the residents of Phillips Nursing Home, 2901 W. Center, where they reside.Jenkins, a mother of three, is a member of the Friendly Visitor program - her assignment being to visit and befriend residents at the home.
"She has brightened the lives of many residents over the years," said David Gardner, RSVP director. One of those residents is her son Dan, 57.
Wardle was also acknowledged for her lifetime of service as a community volunteer using her musical talents to entertain.
Music has always been a big part of Wardle's life. As a young women she played guitar at a bar in Vernal that was frequented by Butch Cassidy. She joined the Provo Harmonica Band when she was 70 years old and continued performing until she was 94.
She entertained her fellow residents at the Phillips Nursing Home with her harmonica and guitar playing until just a few months ago. Although now too frail and weak to perform, Wardle still perks up when handed her harmonica and attempts to play.