Club honors its oldest member

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 18, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Twenty guests came out to help the LaMercetts honor one of its charter members last weekend.

Evelyn Blount, one of the oldest members of the organization, was recognized for 24 years of loyal service on April 10 at the home of Nell and Clarence Johnson, 2501 Woodland Terrace. She was presented a certificate of appreciation and a financial gift from Betty Chambliss Whitney on behalf of the club.

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Blount was also treated to a dinner and entertainment, which included comical performances by members Flossie Hall and Nell Johnson, who dressed up as male impersonators ready to take her out on the town.

Hall and Johnson later on dressed in Hawaiian attire – grass skirts and all – and performed as Hawaiian dancers.

Blunt, a retired nurse, joined the LaMercetts in 1980.

&uot;I have never known any of us to have harsh words or to be upset with each other. We have always gotten along very well and I have always loved being a part of this group.&uot;

Blunt was employed as a nurse for 45 years, first at Obici Hospital, then at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. She is also a member of East End Baptist Church, where she serves as treasurer of Circle 1 Club.

The LaMercetts is a nurses’ club. Five of its 14 active members helped charter the group. All but two of the members have retired from nursing.

Sophia Walden Harris is president.