BANDON — Bandon native Marjorie Stephenson celebrated her 104th birthday on Feb. 22, attending two parties in her honor - one held at First Baptist Church and one at the home of Mick and Nancy Peters.
Bandon's oldest citizen, Stephenson still plays a card game called "Golf" every Monday with a group of about 12 other women at the Bandon Senior Center.
"It's easier than Bridge so we can talk and have fun," Stephenson said.
Stephenson enjoys spending time with friends and family. She is missing the company of her little sister, Betty Baird, who passed away on Dec. 31 at the age of 99.
Stephenson still lives independently, though does receive some help with daily tasks from her next-door neighbor and from her daughter, Carol Fugere, who hosted the party at First Baptist. Sally Baird Johnston and Suzie Baird Webber, Stephenson's nieces, also attended the celebration. Her son, Fred Hultin, lives in California.
Mick and Nancy Peters hosted a party at their home for other friends of Stephenson's.
"She is such a special lady," Nancy Peters said.
Stephenson was born in Prosper on Feb. 22, 1914, to Chester and Jessie Bullard. She is a descendant of John and Jane Hambloch, who settled the land where Bullards Beach State Park is now located. Chester Bullard built his house where the Bullards boat ramp now sits. That house is still standing in the same location.
She graduated from Bandon High School in 1931 and was a school teacher for many years locally and in other areas of Oregon. She also worked at the Multnomah County Library in downtown Portland. Stephenson still remembers the Bandon Fire of 1936 in which she and her first husband, Jack Hultin Sr., lost their home and all of their belongings, including wedding gifts and a new washing machine.
After she retired, Stephenson traveled extensively with many friends in Europe, the United States and Canada. She has always enjoyed hiking and loves flowers of any kind.
Stephenson still attends church regularly and enjoys keeping her mind active. She said her secret to longevity is living a clean life.
"I never smoked or drank my entire life," she said.
But mostly, she counts her blessings every day and lives by the rule of “F — family, faith, friends and flowers.”