Tuesday, 2 April 2013

100 Years Well Lived

On March 19, the Council on Aging honored Marion Hawksley as the newest – and therefore youngest! – member of the Century Club.  The Century Club honors Orange County Seniors who are turning 100 years young and reside in nursing homes and assisted living homes.

Marion’s celebration was brought to our attention through the efforts of her Council on Aging Ombudsman, Doreen Kaller.  Doreen had this to say about her relationship with Marion:

“Marion is such a sweet lady who has not given up on life.   She continues to walk, smile, and embrace life.   Every time that I visit the home, she looks up and gives me such a warm greeting and a big smile.   When I talk to her, she always has a laugh and a wave of her hand to indicate her opinion on things.”

Ombudsmen are trained volunteers who serve as advocates for seniors residing in nursing and assisted living homes.  For more information about this meaningful volunteer opportunity or if you are aware of other seniors we could be celebrating, please let us know!

– Tricia Homrighausen

Marion Ruth Jorgensen Hawksley
Born: March 19, 1913, in Albert Lea, MN

By Ronda Carver, Marion’s daughter


Marion began her life in Albert Lea, MN. She had an older sister, Avenelle. She married Clarence E. Hawksley, who worked for the Ford Motor Company. After
they married, they moved to Long Beach, California, and their first daughter, Ronda, was born. Ten years later, they had a second daughter Barbara.

She and Ed were Patron and Matron of the Eastern star and participated in many Masonic activities. Marion, a stay at home mom, was very involved with her family. She was also part of her daughters’ life in many ways. Marion was a Campfire Girl Leader, President of the PTA and Guardian of Job’s Daughters.
Marion was also a member of a Bridge Club that lasted more than 50 years.

Traveling was a part of Marion’s life. Family camping trips to Yosemite Valley were an annual affair and trips to other National Parks were squeezed in as well. She and Ed traveled to Europe and Hawaii. After his retirement, they moved to Huntington Beach, got a trailer and did lots of RV’ing in the US and Mexico.

After Ed passed away in 1989, Marion continued to live in Huntington Beach and participated in many activities in the mobile home park. She has since moved to Yorba Linda and is only 10 minutes from her oldest daughter, Ronda. Her youngest daughter lives in Newport, Oregon. She has 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.