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Reaching the century mark

n Loula Wells and Esther Stephens have both lived 100 years


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Loula Wells of Forest Grove turned 100 on June 16. She was born in Nebraska in 1913.A pair of local women reached the coveted century mark this past week.

Loula Wells, who lives in Forest Grove with her daughter, was born June 16, 1913, in Nebraska.

According to daughter LaRetta Cochran, Loula says famed band leader Lawrence Welk used to play with the Hotsy Totsy Boys in a pavilion near her home in Lynch, Neb., when she was young.

In Forest Grove, Loula volunteered for the local Meals on Wheels program until a year ago and “still comes in once in a while,” said Theresa Carter, Meals on Wheels manager.

Esther Marquardt Stephens, born June 11, 1913, at the family home in Lake Stevens, Wash., enjoyed a 100th birthday party June 9 at her daughter Myrna’s home in Hillsboro. Both of her living children, five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren were in attendance, according to her caregiver, Hannah Kolehmainen.by: COURTESY PHOTO - Forest Grove resident Esther Stephens reached her 100th birthday on June 11. Her hometown is Lake Stevens, Wash.

Esther graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1931, enrolled at San Joaquin Delta College in her forties and married Elmer Stephens in 1934. They made their first home in Glenwood, Wash., where their oldest son, Glenn, was delivered by the same doctor who had delivered Esther. In 1940 the Stephenses moved to Stockton, Calif., where two more children, Terry and Myrna, were born.

After Elmer died in 1982, Esther moved to Hillsboro. She currently lives at Sweet Haven adult foster home in Forest Grove, where she’s “frequently seen reaching for a bowl of candy while she reclines in her favorite chair reading Sunset Magazine,” said Kolehmainen. “Most people who see Esther are surprised to learn she is even close to 100.”




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