When Rosemary Beard reveals her age, people are astounded. They say she looks to be in her 70s or 80s, but on Oct. 5, Beard turned 100 years old. She says she has always looked young for her age. She credits that to “good genes,” but also due to a very active lifestyle and a youthful outlook.
Beard was born in Vinita, Okla. on Oct. 5, 1916. She attended Vinita High School, where she was very active in sports and school activities. From an early age she studied dancing, both in Tulsa and Vinita, and regularly performed at local civic clubs and organizations. Throughout her life she has studied and maintained an interest in interior design and painting. Because of her husband’s many job transfers, Beard had the opportunity to study painting from a number of teachers in the U.S. and Europe. She has sold a number of her works and many of her paintings are displayed in her home.
One of her most pleasant memories happened while vacationing in Acapulco. She had the opportunity to make an appearance in the movie, "Love Has Many Faces," staring Lana Turner. While the movie was being filmed, Beard was invited to be a guest at Lana’s birthday party. As a birthday gift, Beard presented Turner with a mirror, a play on the movie title. Beard and her husband, Bill, have been Kingwood residents for 38 years. As a member of Kingwood Country Club she actively pursued two of her other passions, golf and bridge. In addition to painting, Beard has a long interest in photography and is presently an active member of the Kingwood Photo Club.
Beard celebrated her 100th birthday Oct. 8 with many of her friends and relatives at the Kingwood Country Club.