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Centenarian: Spokane man celebrates 100th birthday

Ray A. Garrett, of Spokane, turned 100 years old Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (Courtesy photo)
Ray A. Garrett, of Spokane, turned 100 years old Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

Ray A. Garrett


Ray A. Garrett celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday. He was born Nov. 4, 1916, in West Plains, Missouri. He currently calls Spokane home.

Garrett’s first wife, Babe (Velma), and second wife, Margaret, are both deceased.

Garrett worked as an agent-telegrapher for Great Northern/BNSF in Ephrata, Odessa and Ellensburg. He credits good food, wonderful travel, a loving family and love for his country with helping him live a long and healthy life.

Garrett said living through the Depression was one of his more memorable moments from the past 100 years. He said there have been so many changes in the past 100 years and that sometimes the old ways are the best. He said we should love and take care of the world and each other.

Garrett’s children are: Rayna Lee and Bruce Walker, of Spokane; and Pat and Ann Garrett, of Silverdale, Washington. He also has one granddaughter, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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