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100th Birthday: Lee, Harriet (Washburn)

Lee celebrates 100th birthday

Harriet Lee commemorated her 100th birthday with a small gathering of family and friends.

The daughter of Robert and Alice Washburn, Harriet was born March 2, 1913, in St. Paul, Minn. She grew up and went to school in St. Paul, where her father was a university professor and wrote books on productive dairying.

One of Harriet’s early childhood memories is of being sent to the store for a loaf of bread. Accompanied by her sister and a friend, she walked in to buy the bread. Back then, loaves weren’t enclosed in plastic wrappers. The trio couldn’t resist the temptation to sample it, pulling warm bread from the inside of the loaf. When they arrived home, all that was left was the outer crust!

At 25, Harriet and Lloyd F. Lee were married in St. Paul, where he plied his trade as a cheese maker. In 1947, they moved to Douglas County, near other family members. She worked at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center until retiring in 1975, four years after Lloyd died.

Harriet has three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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The News-Review Updated Jan 5, 2015 05:00PM Published Apr 8, 2013 07:44AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.