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Mville Mayor honors Virga Nordby as she marks her 100th b-day
MARYSVILLE Its a new century for a local resident as Virga Morris Nordby celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, April 16.
Mayor Dennis Kendall proclaimed the day in her honor and friends and family applauded the citys newest centurion during ceremonies at the Marysville Care Center on Grove Street. Before helping her cut the cake Kendall noted wryly that the centenarian was married before he was even alive.
A native of Enterprise, Utah, Nordby was a long-time Arlington resident who moved there in 1936. She married Magnus Nordby in 1938 and they lived on their stump ranch on the Bryant Stanwood Road until his death a decade ago. While Magnus spent the week in Darrington logging camps Virga would hold down the fort by herself. She was one of the first women in the area to drive a car and this was one of the ways she kept things together when her husband served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.
Her only daughter, Betty Van Ausdal, said that her mother grew up in the wild when it was a days ride to the nearest train station, and that ride involved horsepower, the old kind.
She learned to be a very good horseback rider, Van Ausdal laughed.
She was the youngest of eight children and married when she was 19. Their Arlington spread was called a stump farm because the loggers left immense stumps that could only be removed with dynamite, and so the Nordbys just farmed around the stumps. They entertained themselves by attending hound dog contests around the state. Nordby was a longtime member of the Sons of Norway and the Loyal Heights Sewing Club.