Marguerite Bussard celebrates at her birthday party.
Photo: Colleen Slater, KP News


Lifetime Longbranch resident Marguerite Bussard turned 90 in November, and celebrated with friends and family at the Longbranch Community Church.

Marguerite and Ramon (Pete) Bussard were the first couple married in the new Longbranch Community Church in 1948. They were given one of the first keys to the church, as Pete was resident electrician and Marguerite started the coffee on Sundays.

As fire department volunteers, when Pete attended meetings, Marguerite made coffee and tea, answered the phone and cleaned up. She later organized Ashes and served many years as president. Active in the VFW Auxiliary, Key Peninsula Veterans, Community House, she is a member of KP Historical Society, Bayshore Garden Club and Key Singers.

Bussard is well known as someone who quietly does what needs doing and knows how to make good coffee, too.