March 10, 2011 in Features

Centenarian

 

Irene (Robison) Kinnier celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 17. She was born on Dec. 17, 1910, in Spokane. She has been a resident of Spokane her entire life and currently lives at Rockwood at Hawthorne.

Kinnier met her husband, Estel Kinnier, in Spokane. They were married in 1929. He passed away in 1986 after 57 years of marriage.

Kinnier said her most rewarding life achievement was raising her daughters and being a grandmother.

Kinnier attributes her long and healthy life to not smoking or drinking, eating well, and inheriting good genes. Her mother lived to the age of 92 and one of her sisters lived to be 103 years old.

When asked what has been her most memorable moment in the past 100 years, Kinnier mentioned the Great Depression and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Kinnier has two daughters: Kay Sturdevant, Spokane, and the late Sherry Jones. She has six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.


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