Mary Alice Miller LeVering will celebrate her 100th birthday with friends and family from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, at Grace Community Church in Elma.
She was born Feb. 19, 1914, in Pawhuska, Okla., and spent her childhood in Oklahoma and St. Louis, moving from St. Louis to the family farm just north of Hoquiam into a house built by her dad using old lumber salvaged from houses in Hoquiam.
In 1943, she married Frank LeVering. After World War II, they settled in Westport, where they grew lilies and sold the bulbs. In 1954, the LeVerings and their five children moved to Elma. She was the first office staff member hired at Mark Reed Hospital in McCleary when the hospital opened and later worked for the Simpson Timber Co. in McCleary and became the first woman timekeeper at the mill. She retired at 62 to help with her husband’s carpet cleaning business.
Mary Alice has belonged to the same card club for more than 50 years, was inducted into the Grays Harbor Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame and bowled until last year. She has lived in Elma for more than 60 years and enjoys reading and playing games on her iPad.
Her four surviving children live in the state: Susan Thompson in Renton, Mary LeVering in Kent, Martha Craighead in Elma and Kathy Herrera in Olympia. Her son Frank Jr. of Boise died 16 years ago. Her younger sister, Martha Vest, lives in Elma.
She also has eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.