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Sun., Sept. 4, 2011, 10:31 a.m.

Sunday obits: My favorite today

Evelyn Ginnold of Spokane died less than a month shy of her 100th birthday. Her obit, in our classified section today, was beautifully written. She worked as a secretary for a Washington state governor, married her husband during the Great Depression, and despite his hard time finding a job then, they had two children in that terrible economy. Both found good jobs after.

The graph below caught my imagination:

She graduated from North Central High School in 1928, with a B average, at a time when less than one in five young women even went to high school. After high school, she learned shorthand and trained on the Comptometer, a forerunner of the computer for office functions.

Comptometer? According to Wikipedia it was "patented in  1887, and was the first commercially successful key-driven mechanical calculator."

So thank you Evelyn, for living such an interesting life, and for sharing, in your obit, a bit of technology that passed on, too.

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