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Mothers day celebrations century in the making
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Lottie Zumwalt will celebrate two special occasions this weekend: Mothers Day and her 100th birthday. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Edythe Sealey Myer and Lottie Zumwalt are about to celebrate this weekend’s Mothers’ Day — one their families will never forget as they soon mark their 100 years.  They were both born on June 9, 1914 in Nebraska and later moved to California.

Zumwalt resides in the Bethany Manor Apartments while Myer has moved to the assisted care Beth Haven residential units a block to the south on Wilma Avenue.  She insists she had done quite well on her own but only moved to give her daughter Darlene peace of mind when she is out of state. “It’s the fact that someone checks in on me regularly, she added, to make sure I am OK.” Both women praised their living conditions voicing appreciation for the Bethany staffs.

Myer was a well known clerk at the downtown Brown-Mahin department store for some 17 years after it opened in the early 1960s and after their children were raised.  She was honored by the Manteca Rotary Club that cited her for being the “most polite” sales clerk throughout the business community.  Husband Curley Sealey owned and operated the Manteca Feed and Supply that was located on Lathrop Road west of Highway 99.

The couple had four children, 13 grand children and 20 great grandchildren, Myer said this week.  She said there is a sadness in living so long in that you see family members pass ahead of the grandparents.  

“We all have our time,” she said, “and we have accepted that.”

 Adding more colorful family history, the centenarian said her oldest daughter Lindsay worked at the popular creamery ice cream and malt shop near the railroad station just beyond the old, brick city hall.  She said when her family moved to Manteca the population was at 3,500 as she remembers.

“We would never have been out here in Manteca, but my parents were here,” she noted.  Myer lost her husband Curley in 1984 and later remarried in Ripon in 1994 where they made their home.

The Sealeys had two football stars playing on the Manteca High team ­— Donald and Darin known as “Cooney.”  Myer said she was always in the stands “bawling” because she feared her boys were going to get hurt in the games.  But everybody knew the “Sealey Brothers,” she quipped.

Darlene Downs is her only living child who with her husband Clyde live nearby in Ripon.