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Douglas County resident turns 105 today

A basket overflowing with cards and 105 roses were given Friday to Mary Kuhn as about 30 family and friends wished the woman who may be Douglas County’s oldest resident another happy birthday.

The staff at Riverview Terrace retirement home in Roseburg threw the party for Kuhn, who turns 105 today.

“I’m back again,” said Kuhn.

She was born July 7, 1908, in Dayton to original Oregon homesteaders. She and her husband, Donald, were married 60 years before he died in 1984. They had a son and a daughter together.

The couple had a cherry and pear orchard outside Dayton for most of their working lives. Hard-working and independent all her life, the great-great-grandmother kept up the same house adjoining the orchard for 75 years, until she was 103. She volunteered at the West Salem United Methodist food pantry until she was 102.

This year, leg pain has confined her to a wheelchair. Her daughter Arlene Allgood said her mother has slowed down some in the last year. Still, Kuhn likes to keep busy and remain independent.

Kuhn eats most meals with her friend Mary Little, 99.

“I can hardly keep up with her,” Little said.

Riverview Terrace’s executive director, Shari Bagshaw, said one day she was pushing Kuhn’s wheelchair to the dining area when Bagshaw handed off Kuhn to another employee, to Kuhn’s chagrin.

“She told me, ‘You better get back to work; I pay your wages,’ ” Bagshaw said.

• Reporter Garrett Andrews can be reached at 541-957-4218 or gandrews@nrtoday.com.


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The News-Review Updated Jul 8, 2013 11:27AM Published Jul 8, 2013 06:25PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.