KAILUA, Hawaii (KHON2) — A woman who turned 100 years old was honored by Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen, who represents American Samoa.
The congresswoman presented Bernice Jerves Fernandes with a framed copy of the statement for the Congressional record on Sunday, March 27 in Kailua.
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The congresswoman had previously read this statement outloud at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C.
Fernandes was born in 1922 on Kauai.
Fernandes worked as a teacher, a businesswoman, and a farmer.
“She helped make me the person I am today,” said the congresswoman. “The fact that she could do so many things that were difficult and still be able to be a wife and a mother. What a blessing.”
“We tried to prepare for this, like stay for your 100th birthday, please!” shared Bernadine Robinson, Fernandes’ daughter. “She did it for us. We’re really happy about that.”
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She has five grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.