Gresham resident Viola 'Vi' Bauman celebrated her 95th birthday Saturday, Feb. 24, with a dinner party at her home as she reminisced with her family.
Vi was born Feb. 24, 1912, in Kanorado, Kan., to Everett and Dora (Bickett) Coons. She was raised and educated in Kanorado, where she graduated from high school in 1929.
After she graduated from high school, Vi taught first through eighth-grades in a one-room schoolhouse in Kansas.
Vi married Fred Bauman in 1936 in Kansas. Two years later, they moved to Oregon to escape the Depression in the dust bowl. Since that time, Vi has lived in the house her husband built in Southeast Gresham.
She was a homemaker but also worked for Gresham Berry Growers, the local cannery, with her three children.
Vi is a member of the Catholic Church. She enjoys bowling and playing cards.
Vi's husband died in 1990. She has two daughters, Deanne Mickenham of Gresham and Beverly Rosentreter of Beaverton; a son, Kenneth Bauman of Portland; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
When asked about the secret of her long life, Vi said, 'I never smoked, I didn't drink much, and I worked hard. I still work in my yard and keep busy.'