Genevieve Clairemont celebrated her 100th birthday Monday at Golden Rose Personal Care Home, where her daughter, Joan Schoenecker, told the story about Clairemont giving candy to Shirley Temple.
“Mother was a tailor in Beverly Hills,” said Schoenecker, a Marietta resident who is retired from Delta. “She made clothes for Shirley Temple.”
Schoenecker smiled as she recalled how her mother brought home candy Temple wasn’t permitted to eat.
“She was a wonderful, little actress,” Clairemont said. “Awfully cute.”
Clairemont called herself an “old lady who gets into mischief,” but her daughter said Clairemont’s “great personality” and faith have kept her going.
“Her laugh and her religion kept her alive this long,” Schoenecker said. “She is a devout Catholic who has inspired my kids.”
One of five siblings, Clairemont, who is originally from California, has a daughter and a son, Richard Barcellona, who lives in California. She also has five great-grandchildren.
Clairemont survived the loss of her husband at age 42 from a massive heart attack, Schoenecker said, raising her son, 10 at the time, and her daughter, 8 at the time, on her own.
Schoenecker said her mother showed her sense of humor during a family celebration Saturday in Schoenecker’s home, when a Frank Sinatra impersonator sang to Clairemont.
Schoenecker asked her mother if she knew who was singing, and rather than saying “Old Blue Eyes,” her mother said, “That’s not Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra is slight.”
Though Clairemont couldn’t recount all her favorite memories, she said family was what truly mattered.
“I live for my family and friends,” Clairemont said. “It’s all been wonderful,” she said. “I love them all.”