Birthday bash honors centenarians

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant

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The Fifty and Better program hosted a birthday party for three centenarians March 28 at the Luepke Center. Friends and family members helped the trio celebrate the occasion.

Gunnar Matsen, born March 18, 1911, in the woods north of Spokane, has lived in Vancouver for more than 25 years. Matsen was a wireman for the Bonneville Power Administration. He raised three children. He lives at Kamlu Retirement Inn.

Mildred Martindale, center, born April 1, 1911, in Sapulpa, Okla., has lived in Vancouver since 1988. She married Charles Martindale in 1929 and although they had no children, she has many nieces and nephews she calls her own. The Martindales owned a cement company, 101 Cement Products, and also installed septic tanks. Martindale has traveled the United States extensively and lists her hobbies as sewing, crocheting, knitting and crafts of all kinds. On Mondays she quilts with the On Going Quilters Club at the Marshall Community Center. Martindale lives with her sister and brother-in-law, Pearl-Mae, 98, and Pete Rider.

Florence Walden was born Nov. 18, 1910, at home in Hillcity, Kan. Walden married the neighbor boy in 1928 so they both could move out west with her parents. She was married to her husband for 72 years and had two children. She came to Vancouver in 1969. Walden worked as a clerk for the J.C. Penney Co. in downtown Vancouver. She is passionate about traveling and has visited more than 26 countries. She lives at The Bedford.