Precious Nadene Daves has traveled all over the world but said that Guthrie is still the best place on Earth. On Oct. 31, Daves celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family and friends. Daves was born in Crescent and her father, Arthur Fillmore, decided to name her after a very prominent woman in Crescent named Precious Williams.
While in high school, Daves started working at S.H. Kress & Co. and upon graduation started her job in the long distance department at the telephone company and remained there for 25 years until she retired.
“I put my application in and went to work,” Daves said. “I had a good job and I liked it a lot. Mrs. Irene Willy was my Chief Operator and she was a real good person.”
Her and her husband, Donald “Johny” Daves were married in 1941, built their home here in 1954 and spent 66 wonderful years together before he passed away Sept. 5, 2009. Johny served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 through 1945, earning the Asian Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and World War II Victory Ribbon, among other awards. He returned to Guthrie and started his own business, Johny Daves Electric, which he owned and operated for 50 years.
Johny and Nadene were avid rose growers, which took them across the country as members of both the American and Oklahoma Rose Societies, and served nationally as consulting rosarians and judges. The roses that they grew won Queen of Roses many times, which is the highest distinction one can receive.
“We went all over the Southwest together,” Daves said. “[Johny] was excellent and was well-known for the talks he gave at all the rose societies.”
Daves has extremely fond memories of attending Byron Berline’s concerts with her husband and has continued to attend them with her grandson Warren. For her 97th birthday, she went to one of Berline’s shows and he brought Daves on stage.
“I think Byron is one of the most special people in this world,” Daves said. “Byron was a very dear friend of ours and we enjoyed going to his shows all over the countryside. If there’s any song written, Byron can play it.” Daves said.
Joanne and Patty Martin have been with the Daves family for almost 30 years assisting with daily activities and taking care of both Johny and Precious.
Daves said that her secret to longevity is trusting God, eating well and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.
“We’ve been everywhere and done everything,” Daves said. “We always come back to this place and that tells you something.”