Marie (Molden) Sundene will celebrate her 100th birthday Feb. 20. She was born in Prosser and in 1913 her family moved to Parkland, where Marie attended Lutheran Parochial Grade School and Lincoln High School. She took her studies seriously, participated in basketball, volleyball, cricket and baseball, and assisted in the vocal department. She graduated from Lincoln High School in June 1928, and was then accepted to Tacoma General School of Nursing where she was salutatorian of the May 1931 graduating class.
She married Harold Sundene on Sept. 8, 1934. In 1935, the Sundenes moved to Olympia where she still resides. She and her husband raised four children: Don Sundene, Ruth (Sundene) Holmquist, Carolyn (Sundene) Koberg, and Richard Sundene.
During World War II, Marie worked as a volunteer with the Red Cross gathering medical supplies for the soldiers. Marie also worked as a nurse at St. Peter Hospital (Providence St. Peter).
She has actively volunteered with the Olympia Lunch Buddy School Program, Olympia Senior Center, Lutheran Women’s Missionaries League, Alter Guild at Trinity Lutheran Church Olympia and Senior Kiwanis. Today, she continues to walk, hike and swim and also visit with neighbors and family.
Mrs. Sundene is “Mor Mor” (grandmother) to 14 and great-grandmother to 22.