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Venerable but vulnerable: Centenarians hit hard by virus

The 100-plus crowd – those most venerable of human beings – is succumbing rapidly and heartbreakingly to the coronavirus pandemic. Entire limbs are being lopped off family trees, and their wisdom and lore are dying with them.

Unsinkable pioneer spirit turns 100

The 100-year-old granddaughter of Spokane Valley pioneers John and Ella Shelley, Marie Shelley Olbricht, lives her life with forbearance, faith, hope and resilience – all inherited traits, say her progeny. At Marie’s July 22 centennial celebration her family nudged their matriarch’s memory to recount the hardships and triumphs of her many years. Five generations attended, most living in the Spokane area. Marie welcomed each one from her wheelchair at a rehabilitation center where she is mending from a Mother’s Day hip fracture.

1,000 birthday candles: Senior center honors centenarians

It’s a good thing they didn’t light all the candles on the birthday cakes at the Southside Senior and Community Center on Tuesday. After all, 1,000-plus candles is a lot of firepower. The center hosted a luncheon to honor 10 Spokane residents 100 years and older. The youngest honorees were an even century, while the oldest, Mae Fischbach, was 104.