Eyewitness to 100 years of change

Woman reflects on century of life


March 29, 2023

Scott Swanson

Hope Burns sits in her living room, trim, matter-of-fact, steady gaze. A visitor might guess she was 80.

Her manufactured home is tastefully decorated, as is her yard outside, her Chrysler neatly parked in the carport.

Looks can be deceiving, though. Burns will celebrate her 100th birthday April 7.

Somewhat deceiving, also, is her low-key demeanor. Burns' life, like many who reach the century mark, includes some noteworthy accomplishments.

She never went to college, but she supervised the management of Portland Public Schools' retirement program for 20 years.

She was a Rosie the Rivete...

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