Myrtle P. Joshua will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 17. A birthday celebration in her honor will be held at 4 p.m. July 19 at Mount Harmony Baptist Church Family Life Center, 812 E. Harding Ave.
Joshua was born on July 17, 1924, in England, Ark., the only child of the late Paul and Mary Vernon. She was reared in Memphis, Tenn., by her father’s sisters. After many years in Memphis, she moved to Pine Bluff with her father. She completed junior high school, where she was always at the head of the class.
She is a proud active member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church for more than 50 years, where Robert L. Handley is her pastor. She was a Sunday school teacher of class number 7 for a number of years until her health failed. She is the widow of Floyd Joshua and a resident of The Gardens Assisted Living Facility, where she enjoys meeting new people, Bible study, sittercise, knitting, board games, and her all-time favorite, Bingo a game she learned to play at 89 years old.
Joshua credits her longevity to her faith in God, not smoking or drinking, following her doctors’ orders and having a bunch of children helped to keep her young at heart. She is the mother of 14 children (two deceased), 41 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
The birthday celebration will be hosted by her children — Samuel Jackson, Mary Hunt, Rufus Jackson, Elizabeth Bell, Willie Joe Joshua, Jerry Jackson, Pamela Thrower, Paul Joshua, Myrtle Brown, Raymond Joshua, Rose Dorn, and Floyd Joshua Jr.