Ocean City —
Myrtle Queair, a former Ocean City resident, celebrated her 105th birthday on May 23 with her family.
Queair was a summer resident of Ocean City from 1942 to 1971.
Born in 1903 on her grandparents’ farm, she was the first born of five girls and one boy, all of whom, except for the youngest at 91, have pre-deceased her. Queair’s parents were caretakers of the Drexel Family Estate in Drexel Hill, Pa., living in the Drexel Mansion until 1919.
A homemaker most of her life, Queair worked in her aunt’s mourning shop on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia which sold mourning dresses and other funeral apparel. The shop was contracted to make the fur-trimmed robe the winner of the Miss America Pageants wore in the early 1920s. She and her aunt traveled by train to Atlantic City and delivered the robe and then were invited to watch the competition.
Upon her husband’s retirement in 1971, the couple sold their beachfront home and Philadelphia residence and moved to the lagoon section of Ocean City.
Queair and her husband were active members of the Ocean City Baptist Church. After her husband died in 1976, she sold her lagoon-front home in 1982 and moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Barry Oehlers in Haddon Township.
She continued to spend her summers in Ocean City in rental properties from 1982 to 1996. Her grandson John and granddaughter Lisa lived with her during those summers when they worked at Mack and Manco. Her grandson, John Oehlers, who is currently in his 27th season at Mack & Manco, is a summer manager of the Ninth Street store.