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Eugene woman turns 100 years old.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Family and friends will gather today to celebrate the 100th birthday of Eugene resident Rosalie Oatman.

She was born Rosalie Mason on Feb. 4, 1907, in Council Bluff, Iowa, one of nine children.

She earned her teaching certificate at age 18 and graduated from Monmouth Normal School. She attended Oregon State University.

She married Alfred Oatman on April 18, 1930, in Klamath Falls. They had two daughters, Patsy and Pam. Alfred Oatman died Sept. 29, 1969. Rosalie Oatman has numerous grandchild- ren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She taught school in many Oregon cities and says her favorite school was the third-grade class at Lowell, where she taught for 14 years. She has enjoyed dancing, hiking, climbing and playing bridge, and she is an avid Beaver fan. She developed an interest in horse racing over the years and says she used to bet frequently but did not win much.

Following retirement, she volunteered for the American Legion. She belonged to Post No. 3 in Eugene and connected with her Legion sisters at Posts No. 8 and No. 40. She is a member of Eastern Star and the Ladies of the Elks.

She will be honored by her Auxiliary sisters on her birthday today at Good Neighbor Care Center, the Chuck McDonald Home. All three Legion Posts, including members from out of state, have been working on the celebration.

Her words of wisdom for others: "The only way to be famous when you're 100 years old is to keep breathing."

The Register-Guard publishes stories about people in the local area who celebrate birthdays of 100 years or more, using information furnished by family members or friends.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Feb 4, 2007
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