Centenarian celebrates with friends and family

Advocate staff photo by Darlene Denstorff -- Evelyn Cook St. Amant celebrates her 100th birthday with a party at the Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department. More than 75 friends and family joined her in the celebration on Sunday.
Advocate staff photo by Darlene Denstorff -- Evelyn Cook St. Amant celebrates her 100th birthday with a party at the Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department. More than 75 friends and family joined her in the celebration on Sunday.

Prairieville — At 100, Evelyn Cook St. Amant still hangs her clothes in her back yard and tends to her flowers.

St. Amant was joined by more than 75 friends and family Sunday for her 100th birthday party at the Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Judy Ponson called her friend “amazing and in better health than most people here.”

St. Amant celebrated alongside her sister, Hazel Boudreaux, and brother, Floyd Cook.

“If you don’t want her to go, don’t ask her, because she loves to go,” Boudreaux said of her sister.

St. Amant was one of 13 children who lived in Norwood and Angola before moving to Ascension Parish.

She married Salassi St. Amant in 1942. He died 28 years ago.

Throughout her life, St. Amant worked at Dutchtown School as a cafeteria manager, was a ready-to-wear manager at Sears and ran the Beauty Bungalow beauty shop with her sister-in-law for years.

Neighbor and pastor Leon Carpenter said he has lived next to St. Amant for more than 50 years.

“I’ve been Miss Evelyn’s backdoor neighbor for more than 50 years and we’ve never had a fight,” Carpenter said. “I just did what she told me.”

St. Amant said there are really no secrets to living a long life.

“Honey, you’ve just got to eat right, exercise and love everybody,” she said.

And don’t worry.

“I don’t worry about anything because God will take care of anything,” she said.

While she never had children, St. Amant’s home is filled with the love of her pets, a dog named Dolly Parton and cats named Tiger Woods, Oprah and Goldie Hahn.

St. Amant greeted her guests with hugs.

“I love you all,” she said after niece Loretta Cook read a poem dedicated to her aunt.

“Look at her, she just doesn’t look like she’s 100 and she doesn’t act old,” Cook said.