Lorraine Campbell celebrates 90th birthday

SMOKEY POINT — “Her aunt lived to be 102,” said Marysville resident Rick Campbell, son of Lorraine Campbell.

“Longevity runs in the family,” laughed Arlington resident Sherry Cox, Rick’s sister and Lorraine’s daughter.

Rick and Sherry are inviting Lorraine’s friends and family to celebrate her longevity at her 90th birthday party, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m., in the community room of Stilly Point on 18330 Smokey Point Blvd.

Lorraine has two children, Rick and Sherry, as well as four grandchildren, Steve Cox of Des Moines, Wash., Marcy Todd of Granite Falls, Scott Campbell of Marysville, and Shawn Campbell of Minnesota. Her nine great-grandchildren are David, Justin, Cody, Makenna, Eli, Connor, Collin, Kelsey and Tyler, and she even has one great-great-grandchild, Jordan.

Rick and Sherry describe their mother as a nearly lifelong resident of Snohomish County who’s channeled her perfectionist streak into a series of exactingly made cakes over the years.

“Mom made both our wedding cakes,” Sherry said of herself and Rick. “Whether it’s birthdays, anniversaries, any milestone or any celebration, she’s always made a cake for it.”

“She’s such a perfectionist that it takes her three times as long to make it, just to make sure it’s perfect,” Rick laughed.

Lorraine’s children both noted with amusement their mother’s insistence upon using a ruler to measure out slices of cake before cutting them, and added that her eye for exacting detail has also found expression in ceramic-making.

Lorraine’s interest in ceramics began with a free class in the community room of her former apartment a few years ago, and she now gives out ceramic wear as gifts almost as often as she makes cakes.

“She hands them out for birthdays and Christmas, and they’re just gorgeous and perfect,” Sherry said. “We still have soup bowls from her, saying ‘to the Cox family.’”

“She always signs the bottom, and if she doesn’t like it, she just does it over from scratch,” Rick said.

Lorraine’s longest love has been ballroom dancing, which she did with her husband and has remained active in with the Eagles of Everett. Recent illnesses have limited her participation, but otherwise, she rarely misses an opportunity to strut her stuff at Normana Hall in Everett.

Lorraine doesn’t drive, but she gets around on the bus and goes for long outdoor walks almost every day, reminding Sherry of fellow local senior Florence Pryor. Her physical activity might be one reason why she’s still 110 pounds and “pretty agile,” according to her daughter.

Both Sherry and Rick hope to see plenty of Lorraine’s friends and family at her birthday party, so they can share their memories of her.

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