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.”

Bernice Jerves Fernandes, who turned 100 years old, was honored by American Samoa Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen. Kailua, Hawaii, Sunday, March 27, 2022 (Courtesy: Office of Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen)

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She has five grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.