Happy 100th, Mary Duryee!

Here’s to a century!

Born in 1918 just three blocks from where she lives today, WAC member Mary Webb Duryee turned 100 on June 10. Interviewed at her home in northwest Everett in late March, Mary smiled. “I get to be 100,” she said. “Have you ever heard of such a thing?”

Mary and her late husband, Daniel, joined the WAC in 1943. They would often stay at the Inn at the WAC with their two daughters, Maureen and Mugsy, during shopping trips to Frederick & Nelson in downtown Seattle. In the morning, Maureen and Mugsy would wake up early and take their mom and dad to swim in the WAC pool before breakfast.

Mary graduated from Everett High School in 1935 and the University of Washington in 1939. Asked about the secret of her longevity, Mary, half Swedish and half Norwegian, was quick to answer: “I had a mother who insisted I have a little cod liver oil every day.” She also pointed to a happy marriage and knowing lots of people. “We did have a lot of good friends,” she said. “And I still think good friends are terribly important, I really do.”

To read more about Mary’s life, visit The Snohomish County Women’s Legacy Project story that featured her, wac.net/mary-duryee.

—As published in the May/June issue of WAC Magazine

Posted June 10, 2018

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