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Pat Stevenson celebrates 100th birthday
Pat Stevenson celebrated her 100th birthday last month with friends at the Buckley Senior Center.
She was born in Barrow-in-Furness, England, the same year
same year as the sinking of the Titanic. She recalls many fond memories from her century of life. She and her husband married in exotic Panama and remained wed for 52 years. Before settling in Buckley, she also lived in Philadelphia, New York and Oxnard, Calif.
“My favorite place to live was definitely Oxnard because of the beaches,” Stevenson said, noting that 20 miles of coastline makes for some terrific beach scenery.
Stevenson – whose mother was born in Oslo and her father in England – spent her first 18 years in Great Britain. She then moved with her family to the United States, witnessing the tragedies marked by the Great Depression.
As a mother of two daughters, Stevenson was a busy but nurturing mother.
“She made everything happy and pleasant for our childhood,” daughter Patty Porter said.
Stevenson said she has had a wonderful life and remains busy, playing bridge every week. She admits her body has aged but maintains that her mind is “excellent.” During her younger days, she loved to play golf, go bowling and fishing and ride around on her ATV.