Marie Stratton

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Your name Marie Cole
Your name in school, if different Marie Stratton
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Alhambra elementary school(s) attended Marguerita
Current occupation (e.g., retired, working full/part time, volunteering, caring for family, other) I have been a bookkeeper for nearly 20 years and since my clients have all become great friends and I really enjoy my work, I probably wonít retire for a few more years.
Describe your family/extended family My husband of 35 years was a hospital engineer his entire career. He has been retired for three years. One daughter is now a bookkeeper in Pasadena and is looking forward to moving back to Oregon this summer. Our other daughter is living in Newport, OR working at the Hatfield Marine Science Center connected with OR State University.
What special interests and/or activities have you enjoyed during the last half century? When we moved to OR over 30 years ago, I discovered 2 new passions: Birding and basketry. We go birding every chance we get. There is a great wildlife refuge a couple of hours from us, that we are able to enjoy every spring and fall. Since learning basketry, I have been creating my own unique coiled art baskets. I have been selling them at galleries for a number of years.
Please share the highlights of the places you've lived or traveled One of our favorite places to vacation is south eastern Oregon to go birding. Itís wide open country and I love seeing the rugged mountains, the chaparral and the wetlands. Itís stark, beautiful, peaceful and fascinating.
How do you spend your quality time? Much of my free time is spent cooking. I love to make our meals from scratch and making sourdough bread.
In your life thus far, what stands out as most significant, growth-producing, moving, or heart-opening? Moving to Oregon. I have been able to live in and with Nature. It does nourish my soul.
What do you still hope to accomplish or experience? (What's left on your bucket list?) Probably the first on my bucket list is going to the Platt River in spring to see the thousands of Sandhill cranes that flock there during migration.

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