Longtime Gresham resident Marian Caldwell will celebrate her 100th birthday with two celebrations Sunday, Dec. 9.

A potluck celebration will follow worship Sunday at Mt. Hood Christian Center, 500 S.E. Palmblad Road, Gresham, and an open house will be held from 3-6 p.m. at the home of Marian’s daughter, Lael Hays. Marian Caldwell

Marian was born Dec. 13, 1912, in Wamic to Marion and Laura Burlingame. As an only child, she moved with her parents to Fairview and graduated from Gresham High School in 1930.

Marian married Walter Tillstrom in 1931 and had two children, Lael and Larry. Early on, she worked for Quicksal and Stone and Buster Brown Shoes in Gresham. For 20 years, Marian worked for Safeway. She still runs into old customers who remember her fondly.

Marian lives “one day at a time” and says “God has had a hand” in her long and healthy life. Known as “Ga” to her family and friends, Marian enjoys gardening, raising orchids, painting and traveling.

She has won numerous prizes for her oil paintings and calls her trip to the Holy Land a highlight of her life. Along with church activities, trips to pick apples at orchards in Hood River have always been a favorite pastime for Marian.

Marian has two children, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild on the way.

For more information about the birthday celebrations, call Jenell Harry, Marian’s granddaughter, at 503-351-1416.

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