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Ruth Hayes celebrates 102nd birthday

Ruth Hayes

Gresham resident Ruth G. Hayes will turn 102 Saturday, Oct. 25.

Her relatives plan to hold a family celebration in honor of the centenarian.

Ruth was born Oct. 25, 1912, in Eastside, Ore., attending school in Kentuck Inlet and Coquille.

She was married three times and preceded in death by husbands Leland Barklow, Don McFarlane and Raymond Hayes.

Ruth worked all of her life in several jobs, including Coos Bay Lumber Co. in Coquille, a dress shop, a grocery store, a hotel and an adult home care facility. She also helped bale hay as a farmer’s wife.

Ruth moved to Gresham in 1978. Beginning at age 5 and until her 90s, Ruth grew a garden. As a young girl, she built a fence around the garden to keep the chickens out. She continues to love playing bingo.

Ruth has one daughter, Karen Compton of Gresham; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Ruth says the secret to a long life is gardening and eating vegetables.

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