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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham City Council and Mayor Charlie Sisitsky presented Vernice Moreno Gex with a proclamation last night, December 20 to honor her 100th birthday on November 19, 2022. The Nobscot resident attended the City Council meeting last night where she was honored.

Born in Yuma, Arizona, Vernice Moreno moved to Los Angeles, California with her six siblings, where she received her formative educated in parochial schools. She aspired to be a Prima Ballerina and won a scholarship to Zolowinsky Dance Academy.

Moreno went to work after high school to help her widowed Mother make ends meet during the Great Depression as an operator for Southern California Telephone Company, where she saw the beginning of World War II.

Moreno first voted in the presidential election for Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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She met her husband, Brooking Gex, a serviceman in the Navy, during a lunch break from work as a clerk for the United States Civil Service Commission as he awaited a train to ship out to the Pacific theater for duty. Moreno corresponded with Brooking until his return to the United States in 1945, when he asked her to marry him. Moreno and Brooking Gex were married in Wichita, Kansas, near his Mother’s home on December 31, 1945.

Vernice Moreno Gex settled with her husband, a traveling salesman for Superior Coach Corporation, in Lexington, Kentucky where they had a daughter, Mary Elizabeth.

She travelled with her husband, who sold funeral coaches and ambulances, to every state in our nation, except Alaska.

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She has witnessed amazing technological changes in her life, from Horse drawn ice wagons for ice boxes to refrigeration, radio and black and white television to big screen color television, steam engines to bullet trains, operator calls to cell phones, and space exploration, stated the proclamation.

Vernice Moreno Gex moved to Framingham, Massachusetts in 2018 to be closer to her daughter, a Framingham resident.

Photos courtesy of City of Framingham

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