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Eugene native turns 100 years old.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Grace ``Virginia'' Van Deventer, a Eugene native, will celebrate her 100th birthday Sept. 9 at Fox Hollow Residential Care Community in Eugene. A family night dinner with friends, cake and balloons will be enjoyed.

Van Deventer was born in Eugene in 1905 and attended University High School and the University of Oregon. Her early employment included working for The Register-Guard as a proofreader and several years working in the editor's office at the University of Oregon. She later attended Iowa University majoring in journalism. During the 1930s she was employed in the Washington, D.C., offices of the social security and state departments.

She married Lt. Colonel Douglas Van Deventer on Jan. 17, 1940, in Virginia, subsequently moving with her husband to Golden Gate Presidio in San Francisco. After her husband's death in 1951, she worked for the California welfare department in San Mateo.

In 1987 she and her sister, Lois Page, returned to live in Eugene. She joined the Eugene Women's City Club and the Central Presbyterian Church where she was active in the Friendship Group. She enjoys traveling, making a trip around the world in 1969 with her friend Gertrude Koke. Interests in her younger years included tennis, entertaining with lavish dinner parties and working in her flower garden. In later years, she has enjoyed meeting friends for lunch. She loved her Scottie dogs.

If you would like to join the celebration at Fox Hollow Residential Care, call 343-8439 before Wednesday noon.

The Register-Guard publishes stories about people in the local area who celebrate 100th birthdays, using information furnished by family members or friends.
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Date:Sep 4, 2005
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