Snoqualmie community icon and former Valley Record editor Gloria McNeely celebrated her 100th birthday at Snoqualmie City Hall on Monday, Feb. 25.
McNeely, born on Feb. 11, 1919, has been an active community member since she moved to Snoqualmie in 1940 with her husband. She worked at the Snoqualmie Valley Record from 1951 to 1962, and served as editor beginning in 1963. She has also been part of the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum Board since 1987. She edits much of the written material published by the Historical Society. She joined the Snoqualmie Arts Commission in 2000. Thirteen years later she was the city’s first Honorary Life Member of the Arts Commission.
Among many other community organizations, McNeely was a noted member of the Mt. Si Business and Professional Women’s Association as well as Snoqualmie Valley Arts Live. She was also presented with a key to the city in 2010.
The community, McNeely said, was the primary reason she has been involved in many community programs throughout her life.
“I try to give back a little for all the good that I’ve received here,” she said.
At city hall, Mayor Matt Larson presented McNeely with a large birthday card congratulating her on 100 years. In her remarks, she thanked all the people at the celebration and she reflected on the positivity of her friends and fellow community members in the room.
“I’ve said it once before, but if I had known it was this amazing to be 100 I would have tried to do it a few years ago,” she said to a room full of laughter.