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October 2, 2013
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Roseburg couple meets the first of the fifth generation

Don and Lucile Reed of Roseburg met a special visitor this week — their first great-great-grandchild.

“She’s beautiful and healthy,” the proud great-great-grandfather said. “I think they get more precious every time.”

Reed, 99, and his wife, Lucile, 95, welcomed 7-week-old Rosalie Lucile Rains to their home at Riverview Terrace. All five generations were represented, including Rosalie’s parents, Michael and Misty Rains of Wilsonville.

In less than a week, the Reeds will celebrate their 77th wedding anniversary. The longtime Douglas County residents both agreed that when they said their “I dos” on Oct. 8, 1936, neither expected to one day celebrate so many generations. Don Reed said that on his wedding day he was thinking about what his father-in-law was going to do when he found the two took his new car to elope.

The five-generation gathering was rounded out by Rosalie’s grandparents, Greg and Mary Rains of Keizer and great-grandmother Jan O’Neil.

Michael Rains said scheduling conflicts delayed the visit since the family is scattered across Oregon. O’Neil, who splits the year between Colorado and Mexico, traveled the farthest for the gathering.

“I think it’s pretty amazing we are covering this many years here and to be able to all be here together,” Rains said.

Greg Rains liked the timing.

“It’s nice we are doing this so close to their 77th wedding anniversary,” he said.

Rosalie’s middle name is in honor of both her great-great-grandmother and her maternal grandmother.

“We thought it was the perfect middle name for her,” Michael Rains said.

Looking toward his grandparents sitting on the couch holding Rosalie, Greg Rains was all smiles as the multiple generations doted over little Rosalie.

“I don’t think it happens that often,” he said. “When we were pregnant with Michael, (my grandmother) never thought she would live to be a great-grandmother.”

Lucile Reed called her great-great-granddaughter “pretty” moments after Rosalie spit up on her.

Reed simply got up from her seat, went into her bedroom and changed her shirt before returning to the family, acting as if it had never happened.

She’s had experience with babies.

The couple welcomed three children of their own, followed by six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and now one great-great-grandchild.

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