Evangeline Moorehead Catchpole at 100 years young celebrated her birthday Dec. 17 — a remarkable lady who has lived a remarkable life.
Born in Ardmore, Okla., she moved to Pagosa Springs at the age of 12 and graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 1931. Studying piano since the age of 5 and after receiving a piano performance degree in 1935 at Oklahoma College for Women, she and her husband, Harvey Sr., performed as a popular local music duo in Pagosa for the next four decades.
She still plays the piano almost every day and also doesn’t miss working the crossword puzzle in the newspaper. When asked what she credits for such a long life, she usually grins and says, “First, you’ve got to get yourself a set of ancestors that have lived a long time.” She recently had a celebration in the fellowship hall of her church in Bloomfield, N.M., where a small music combo played a variety of music from her generation. She was delighted and so were friends and family as she got up and, with the aid of her walker, danced the afternoon away. According to Vange, she has been privileged to live her life in the 20th and 21st centuries and enjoy so many of the great advances discovered that benefit mankind.