Secret to a long life . . . family, friends and crossword puzzles
According to history men have hunted the world over in search of the fountain of youth. Well, Mrs. Josephine Handley Harvey Brumfield has apparently found it. Mrs. Brumfield, affectionately known as "Phene" or most commonly "Murphene", turned 100-years-old on October 22.
Josephine Handley Harvey was born October 22, 1908 in Tylertown, Mississippi. She lived there until she married Welton Brumfield Sr. on March 20, 1928. She and her husband moved to Amite were she resides to this day. Murphene is the mother of two sons and one daughter. She has seven grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren with two on the way.
Murphene received her nickname from her oldest grandson. He was trying to say Grand Mother Phene and it came out Murphene. She has been called this by just about everyone she knows since that time.
Murphene was a mother and a housewife. She was also heavily involved in Cub Scouts with her sons. She is an avid painter as well as nettle-point. She is a long-time member of First United Methodist Church of Amite. Every Monday, Murphene attends a painting group at First United Methodist. Every Thursday, she has her hair done. Every Sunday, she attends church and sets on the fifth row like she has for many many years. And at 100-years-old, she still drives herself where she needs to go.
Murphene has always stressed to her family the importance of getting up and keeping busy. She feels that's the key to a long healthy life. Every morning she gets up, gets dressed, puts on her make-up and finds something to do to stay busy. She is enthusiastic worker of cross word puzzles. "You've got to keep the mind young," stated Murphenie.
Murphene loves being surrounded by her family. She says the best news she's gotten is when she's been told about a grandchild or great grandchild or great great grandchild being born.
Murphene has traveled to almost every country in the world. She and her husband traveled alot and then after her husband's passing, she traveled with her son. Murphene and Welton would take two of the grandchildren with them each time they went. She has been to the Isle of Crete three times. She said she must have liked it the most because she went back twice. Murphene said she didn't particularly care for Japan.
When asked if she received what she wanted to for her birthday she stated, "I always do!" Murphene was surrounded by her family for her 100th birthday. She greeted each and everyone, open gifts and held great great grandbabies. Then, the Sunday after her birthday a party was held at First United Methodist Church for her. Also, the Amite Art Show was in honor of Murphene and her artwork was featured on stage.