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File #: RS2021-889    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/12/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 4/20/2021 Final action: 4/20/2021
Title: A Resolution honoring and congratulating Edith Cavender Cantrell on the celebration of her 100th birthday.
Sponsors: Jeff Syracuse, Larry Hagar, Zulfat Suara
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A Resolution honoring and congratulating Edith Cavender Cantrell on the celebration of her 100th birthday.

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WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this legislative body should pay tribute to those citizens who are celebrating special occasions in their estimable lives; and
WHEREAS, Edith Cavender Cantrell will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 9, 2021, a milestone that will be commemorated as yet another precious souvenir of life's rich pageant; and
WHEREAS, in early childhood, Mrs. Cantrell relocated briefly to Texas with her parents, Henry and Emma Cavender, and her siblings; upon returning to Tennessee, the family made a home in Nashville; and
WHEREAS, a graduate of Central High School, Edith Cantrell worked at several Nashville businesses, including May Hosiery Mill and Kress Department Store before going to work for AVCO during World War II; and
WHEREAS, on May 6, 1944, she was joined in holy matrimony with James Edward Cantrell in Providence, Rhode Island, while he served as a Seabee in the United States Navy; a carpenter by trade, Mr. Cantrell built their family home in Donelson, Tennessee, in 1950, and they shared fifty-two years of companionship until the time of his passing; and
WHEREAS, the proud mother of four children, Mike, Gary, Valeria, and Gwen, Mrs. Cantrell went to work part time for Sears when her children were older; though she retired from Sears, she returned to part-time retail work several years later at Castner Knott at Harding Mall; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Cantrell is the devoted grandmother of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Edith Cantrell has been a faithfully devoted member of Donelson Church of Christ since the early 1950s; prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she attended church every Sunday and Wednesday and served at the church's benevolence house; and
WHEREAS, as Edith Cantrell enters her eleventh decade, she is still an active and productive member of society; she still resides in t...

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