It’s a celebration.
A pink sash calls it like it is — “Fabulous,” it reads.
The room is full of residents who are neighbors, really. Neighbors, our ready-made friends due to proximity.
On Friday, Feb. 3, they were gathered for Doris Reed, who was not quite the center of attention when The Vidette arrived. Reed was sat with three family members at a table in back of the room and off to one side.
But make no mistake, it was her big day.
Doris Reed has marked an impressive milestone by turning 100 years old on Feb. 3.
“It went by so fast, I didn’t even know it,” Reed said. “I had a lot of fun.”
She was born in Minnesota in 1917.
For a little perspective, 18 presidents have led the country during Reed’s lifetime: Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H. W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush, Obama and now Trump.
She was married to her late husband Raynold Reed for 57 years, an amount of time she characterized as “quite a while.” Doris Reed comes across as someone who calls it like it is, but with a lot of heart.
The Reeds had one daughter, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Doris Reed worked on the Mukilteo Ferry for 27 years before retiring.
“I just wanted to get the hell off the boat,” she said affably. “Working on the ferry was a lot of fun.”
Doris Reed lived in Everett before moving to Montesano 4 months ago.
When asked if she had any advice for people who hope to live to 100 years old, Reed said, “I like everybody — there’s nobody I don’t like… if that helps at all.”
But still, 100 years have passed.
“It was just nuts,” Reed says.