Newport-Mesa has become internationally known for the ultimate California beach luxury lifestyle. Amid all the flash, we sometimes forget that this is still a very real town with real folks who have spent a lifetime working in the community, raising a family, contributing to the fabric of society.
Last week on the sand of Crystal Cove, in front of what is known as beach cottage No. 1, Marilyn Tucker celebrated her 83rd birthday embraced by family and friends. With great style and plenty of humor, Marilyn and her husband, Dr. Royal Tucker, a retired Newport Beach based obstetrician and gynecologist responsible for the births of a great and lengthy roster of local folks, claimed that the party was a "Senior Citizen Early Bird Dinner."
The early birds, all 29 of them (not a number of significance, just a number) gathered at 5:30 p.m. sharp Sept. 13 for a birthday dinner created by the Tuckers' daughters Patti O'Desky and Cathi Bledsoe assisted by granddaughters Aly O'Desky and Piper Bledsoe. In keeping with the tradition of lavish Newport entertaining, an evening cocktail was served to the crowd sitting on folding chairs facing the mesmerizing Pacific just yards away.