Faith and family at 100
Sophie Eberly celebrated her 100th birthday in February, surrounded by family that came from as far away as her native Hawaii to be with her. Faith, family and friendship have been the focus of her life. She was born on Maui, and raised her family on Oahu. Her daughter Floralei Spatcher recalls her mother's participation in the Sacred Heart Society and as a catechist in Hawaii before the family moved to California in the early '60s. The family gravitated to Hayward because of the "vibrant Hawaiian community" there, which the Eberlys enhanced. She has been a member of the Ka'ahumanu Society, a benevolent society that respects and promotes Hawaiian culture. A multitalented musician, Eberly played the piano, organ and ukulele, as well as shared her talents as a vocalist. She played the organ, as well as sang in the choir at St. Bede Parish in Hayward. As an additional treat for her 100th birthday, a grandson sent her photo to the "Today" show, which honored her on the air.