December 8, 2009 in Features

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Doris Seaver

Eugene, Ore.

Doris Meredith (Aster) Seaver is celebrating her 100th birthday today. She was born Dec. 8, 1909, in De Lamere, N.D. Seaver currently lives at Ya Po Ah Retirement Center in Eugene, Ore.

Seaver grew up in Spokane and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1926. She attended the University of Washington before moving to the San Francisco Bay area where she worked for Simon Wholesale Millinery and eventually owned her own millinery business. She worked for Bell Telephone Company until 1972, when she retired. Seaver said her most rewarding life achievement was in raising three wonderful daughters.

Seaver has many hobbies and interests. She designed and sewed her daughters’ clothes when they were in school and also designed and sewed each of their wedding dresses. She enjoys quilting and has made a quilt for each of her grandchildren.

Seaver belonged to a miniatures club where she created dollhouses, miniature rooms and flowers. She enjoys traveling and has taken cruises along the New England coast, to the Panama Canal, Alaska, and the Bahamas, and has visited much of the United States, Canada and Hawaii. She also enjoys carpentry, building homes and camping at Big Basin Redwoods in California.

Seaver credits her long and healthy life to being of Scandinavian descent and eating well by never indulging in fast food and always eating breakfast.

When asked what has been her most memorable moment in the past 100 years, Seaver mentioned when women were given the right to vote.

Seaver has three daughters: Phyllis Meacham, Redwood City, Calif.; Sally Temple, Noti, Ore.; and Nancy Wade, Eugene. She has seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


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