Augustine Celebrates 95th Birthday Today

Emma Gertrude Criswell Augustine is celebrating her 95th birthday today.

She was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Wheeling, the daughter of Ralph and Emma Celeste Rice Criswell. She is the last surviving of six siblings, including Charles, Laura, Ethel, Cyrus and Ila.

At the age of 20, she joined the Navy Waves during World War II and was stationed in New York as a mathemetician. She married after the war and lived with her family in Miami, Fla., and Shreveport, La.

Augustine returned to Wheeling in the early 1980s and became a member of Christ United Methodist Church, where has enjoyed singing in the choir and serving as an officer in several church organizaitons. She considered the church her second family.

She has two sons: David (Jeanine) of Charleston, W.Va., and Kenneth (Valrie), deceased.

Family and friends will celebrate with her today at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling.