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Marysville's Jean Glab turns 100

Jean Glab is all smiles on her 100th birthday. - Photo courtesy of the Marysville Care Center.
Jean Glab is all smiles on her 100th birthday.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of the Marysville Care Center.

MARYSVILLE — Jean Glab was born only 11 years after the Wright brothers flew their first glider in 1900, and she's still around to tell the tales of the century of history she's witnessed since then.

Glab, a resident of the Marysville Care Center, celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 20, surrounded by more than 50 family members and guests, as well as fellow residents at the facility. Her party included not only the usual cake, flowers and balloons, but also a slideshow of her 100 years, to give a historical context for the changes she's lived through.

Born in Chicago in 1911, Jean was one of six siblings. She met her husband, Anton Glab, in Chicago at her sister's bar, and they married in 1942. She had one son, David.

In 1956, the Glabs opened a Texaco station on Rucker Hill in Everett. Jean went on to tutor grade school children, teaching them how to read. Before the Great Depression, she worked for Zenith.

Since coming to the Marysville Care Center, Glab has served as president of the Resident Council and as a queen in the Marysville Strawberry Festival. She enjoys reading mystery books, watching scary old movies, writing and exercising.

When asked how she's managed to live so long, Glab said, "I do a lot of walking. Always keep walking."

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