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Shelter Bay senior takes aging process in stride

 

IT’S IN THE CARDS – After Jean Collins walked a mile last Tuesday, her friends wouldn’t let her leave the track until she had a chance to read her birthday cards. She turned 98 years young. – Photo by Bill Reynolds

Prior to celebrating her 98th birthday last week, Jean Collins of Shelter Bay put in some laps at the La Conner High Whittaker Field track, logging a mile.

Collins wasn’t alone for that early workout. She was joined by La Conner Senior Center Coordinator Margaret Hillard and several local friends, all of whom shared birthday greetings and ice cream afterward while wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Not even the virus crisis could mask their admiration of Collins.

“She is gracious, funny and a role model of how age is only a number,” Hillard said of Collins. “Her stor...



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