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Irene: Still going strong as she nears 104th birthday
Irene Langness, a resident at Auburn's Parkside Retirement Community, turns 104 on Dec. 17.
"I've been pretty lucky," said Irene, part of the Parkside center for a several years and a longtime Puget Sound area resident. "I don't know if I have any secrets (to longevity). I just refuse to go. Being Irish, I'm so stubborn."
A strong and independent woman, Irene enjoys pinochle, tea parties and her many friends. A gifted seamstress, she is famous for her cinnamon rolls, her love of family, garages sales and dancing.
"She greets me with a big smile and many stories of the good ol' days living in Seahurst where neighbors were like families," said Auburn's Vonnie Gooch, whose mother, Violet, shared a longtime friendship with Irene. "She still likes to get dressed up. Her sense of humor is still intact. ... She tells me she is doing pretty darn good for 104, and I have to agree."