Family and friends celebrate Antoinette M. McPhee's 100th years

caines | 3/21/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Local woman becomes centerian Birthday wishes are sent out to Antoinette M. McPhee, who turned 100 March 13. Ms. Nette, as she is lovingly called by her family, neighbors and friends, is a woman of faith, which is evident through her lifestyle and past church involvement. Over the years, she was greatly involved at St. Peters African Orthodox Cathedral Church, where she attended for more than six decades, until five years ago when she was no longer able to attend because of her health. She always had a passion for God, her niece and caretaker, Vivian J. Gatlin George, said. George remembers visiting her aunt as a girl, and witnessing her kneel on the floor and pray each day from 5 a.m. until 10 a.m. I dont know who could talk to God for five hours, but she did, George said. I think she still does. Father James A. McPhee, Ms. Nettes nephew and a priest at St. Peters, said she never missed any Sundays at church or any of the churchs events. She gave 100 percent of her time because she loved the church, he said. She always encouraged people to put their trust in God. And her love spread from the church to the community, as well. George describes her aunt as a friendly, optimistic and charismatic person, who has no problem giving money to the church or donating to children. She was a live-in maid for most of her life, but she also made clothes, did reupholstery for others and got along with everyone. George said her aunt used to give mangos and pears from her fruit trees to her neighbors. She was apart of the Nurses Guild and the Love and Charity organization. "Ms. Nette" was married to Leonard Clifford Bethel and had a son, who was named after his father. Both are now deceased. She has a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Happy belated birthday Antoinette M. McPhee. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com