West Chester Woman Who Met Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks Celebrates 100th Birthday

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Myrtle Nash with grandson
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Myrtle Nash with her grandson, Elan.

Lilian DeBaptiste, Mayor of West Chester, proclaimed Nov. 16, 2022 as “Myrtle Nash Day” to celebrate the local woman’s long, loving, and successful life on her 100th birthday, according to a staff report from the Daily Local News

Nash celebrated the big day with her family and staff and residents at a party held at her home, The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester. 

Nash grew up in Greensboro, NC. She later moved to Stamford, CT where she met the love of her life, Wilson Nash.

The same friends who introduced her to her husband later introduced the couple to Rosa Parks, civil rights activist.

The couple raised one son, Kevin. Nash worked for more than four decades as a beloved domestic worker in Connecticut. 

“She nurtured them for over 40 years and became a treasured member of their families,” said her son, Kevin. 

She is also an award-winning bowler. 

She moved to West Chester in 1997, to be closer to her son after the passing of her husband. Today, she is most proud of her family. Her grandson is now one of a few African American Marine jet pilots. 

Read more about Myrtle Nash in the Daily Local News

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