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Elouise Updegraff to observe 100th birthday January 4

Mrs. Elouise Updegraff (née Elouise Jean Brill), currently a resident of Cabool, Missouri, will turn 100 on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

She took the Civil Service Entrance Exam in 1941 in her home state of Missouri. Shortly after World War II broke out, she received notification that she had passed the exam, along with instructions to report to Washington, DC, for duty assignment. If she chose not to report for duty, she was told she could never again seek employment with the U.S. government. So she left her job as an elementary school teacher and went to Washington, expecting to stay for the duration of the war, but ended up working for the federal government for more than 50 years.

She began working at the Pentagon for Headquarters, Department of the Army while the Pentagon building was still under construction. During her distinguished career at the Pentagon, she received both the Department of the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the Superior Civilian Service Medal.

In retirement, she lived alone in her country home near Manassas, Virginia, until she was almost 98. Now, as a resident of Cabool, she enjoys frequent visits from two of her younger siblings and four generations of nieces and nephews who live nearby.

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