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100-year-old local shares views on 21st-century 'comforts'

Born Jan. 6, 1915, the middle child among four brothers in Astoria, Marie Henderson of Clackamas, who lives with her son and daughter-and-law, celebrated her 100th birthday last week.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Marie Henderson prepares to celebrate her 100th birthday.Grandchildren Amanda and Ashley have moved out of the house. One is in the Portland area, and one is in Texas.

She and her late husband, James, built a home in outer Northeast Portland in 1955 in what was then berry fields and farmland. She lived there until she turned 90 and had a health scare.

Since 1987, her son Jim and his wife had lived in Damascus, and they promptly moved her in to keep an eye on her. In 2007, they purchased a new home in Clackamas with the entire family’s mutual needs in mind.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Marie Henderson of Clackamas is pictured in 1942.“There are so many changes that have been made over the years, mainly electronic things,” Henderson said. “I have never tried to learn anything about computers, and I’ve just been hanging in there, although I’d like to learn more about them. The worst is when everyone’s talking about them around the dining table, and I have nothing to add to the conversation.”

It would be an understatement to say Astoria looks a lot different than they did in Henderson’s youth.

“I can remember probably 80 years ago when the street in our neighborhood was gravel; it’s much improved now,” Henderson said.

Her mother got a new clothes washer in the 1920s, and “it wasn’t too up to date, but it was a big change,” Henderson said. “Back then things were much rougher than they are now. I think we have more comforts. I don’t know if I’d like to live until 110, but health-wise I’ve been pretty lucky, and I can still walk around the house.”

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