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Happy hundred, Irene: North Bend woman to celebrate 100th birthday

Irene Scott, in a staff photo from her last year at the Snoqualmie Falls Elementary School, before the school was demolished and the company town vanished. Scott taught in Valley schools for three decades, and was the church organist at Our Lady of Sorrows for 50 years. - Courtesy Photo
Irene Scott, in a staff photo from her last year at the Snoqualmie Falls Elementary School, before the school was demolished and the company town vanished. Scott taught in Valley schools for three decades, and was the church organist at Our Lady of Sorrows for 50 years.
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Friends of longtime North Bend resident Irene Babcock Scott can help her celebrate her first 100 years at a birthday party, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Si View Community Center.

Born on a farm in Charlotte, Mich., on June 12, 1910, to Lydia (Clark) and Archie Babcock, Scott’s family moved that year to Washougal, Wash.

After graduating from high school in 1927, she stayed home to help her family and save money for school. In 1929, Irene went to college at Central Washington Normal College, now known as Central Washington University, to obtain her teaching certification. She married Charles Scott in 1933, then moved to Bickleton, a small farming community in Eastern Washington. There, they taught together in a country school.

The family moved to North Bend in 1941, eventually buying a family farm where they raised cattle and grew blueberries.

While Charles taught choir, English and coached football, Irene was an active teacher, resident, and volunteer, teaching for more than 30 years. She taught at the Snoqualmie Falls School, later moving to Snoqualmie Elementary when the Falls school was demolished. She was the church organist at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church from 1948 until 1998, volunteering for fifty years.

Charles died in 1974. That year, Irene retired from her teaching and music career.

Irene tutored adults through the Washington Literacy Council, participated in the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Auxiliary, and was the coordinator for resettling a Laotian family through the church. Remarkably, she still attends gatherings for St. Martha’s Guild and the Auxiliary.

Anyone planning to attend the party is asked to RSVP to (360) 769-0752, including how many will be in their group. A fair teacher, Irene wants everyone to get a cookie!

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