Elizabeth Schell turns 100 in May
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:35 PM
ARLINGTON Annalee Boultons mom, Elizabeth Schell, is turning 100 this week and she has taken the time to review a long and rewarding life.
The highlights were definitely marriage, family, children and descendants, she agreed with her daughter, who, at 70-some, is still active with the family business, Flowers by George.
Likewise, the low points were the loss of loved ones. Her husband, Clarence, died at age 57 in 1959 and her son, Annalees brother, also died young at age 53 due to the same heart disease, Boulton said.
Schell was born Elizabeth Blumfield in Sunland, Calif. She graduated from Glendale Union High School and attended Occidental College, which led her to her husband in Cashmere, Wash.
After a year in college she and her best friend decided to go visit another college girlfriend who lived in Cashmere. The 20-year-olds took the bus from L.A. to Everett and then hopped a train over the hill to Wenatchee.
Their Cashmere friends brother, Clarence, was smitten with Elizabeth and traveled to Southern California to court her. He drove a little coupe all the way to L.A. arriving two days before Thanksgiving in 1928. They got married the following Valentines Day, 1929.
Elizabeths best friend also married a man in Cashmere and they remained life-time friends.
Clarence and Elizabeth worked the family farm raising apples and pears. The family continues to live in the two houses on the Cashmere farm to this day. Clarence and Elizabeth moved from the little house to the big house after they raised their four children Annalee and her three siblings. When Elizabeth moved to the big house, Annalees brother and his son moved into the little house.
From her four children, Elizabeth has 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She moved to Arlington 12 years ago, living in her own home until she fell and broke her hip. She now lives with Annalee and George Boulton and she spends her time writing letters and then translating the letters she receives into Spanish.
I became interested in the language when we had a lot of Mexicans working for us in the orchards, Schell said, noting she did not help run the orchard, but her daughter said she was always actively involved.
I have always been involved with the grandchildren, Schell said. They are very important to me.
What is her key to a good, long life?
I enjoy my food, Elizabeth said. Her daughter said she never throws a bit of food away and she can make a meal out of nothing, noting that family has been very important in her life.
She has been very active with her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, Annalee said.
They do know yet how many of the 66 family members will be here, but there will be a big family gathering at the Hawthorn Inn this coming July.
Muriel Skeers died at 104
Another centenarian of the valley, Muriel Lois Skeers surpassed 100 by four years. The daughter of William Chester Skeers and Laura Anna King, Muriel was born Oct. 24, 1903 in Kansas. She moved with her family to Washington state in 1906, eventually moving to the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, two miles from the nearest school.
Skeers wrote the a short story about her life that was published in the book Our Pioneer Ancestors of the Stillaguamish Valley and of Snohomish County, Washington, Vol. 1, published in 1977. The book is available at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society.
Murial attended Lincoln School until 1914 when she came home and walked to Irving School with her sister, Pearl. After graduating from eighth-grade, her family rented an apartment in Arlington so the girls could attend high school. Mr. Skeers drove his 1916 Reo to bring the family home for weekends.
Muriel married Rufis Paul Lane. After their divorce, Muriel worked at Arlington State Bank 13 years while raising her children, and then she worked at Everett Trust and Savings Bank until she retired in 1963 at the age of 60. Muriel married Roy Arthur Shultz June 15, 1950 in Arlington. They divorced in 1973 and Muriel remained single completing an active, happy, healthy life in Salem, Ore. until this year when she died on Jan. 27.