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March 23, 2004

Eva Fridell

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) _ Eva Fridell, who became reportedly the oldest person in Washington state while shunning exercise and milk in favor of sweets, Irish coffee and an occasional beer, died Saturday. She was 110.

Fridell died Saturday afternoon at home in this Olympic Peninsula town, relatives said. She would have turned 111 on May 28.

Fridell was born Eva Greenwood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and grew up in the Seattle area.

In an interview on her 110th birthday last year, she said she, two sisters and a brother were left at Martha and Mary Childrens Home, an orphanage in Poulsbo, for eight years while her mother went to the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska.

In 1910 she married Lewis ``Pete″ Fridell, and they owned and operated a laundry for some years in Omak.

He died in 1978 and she moved to Sequim 10 years later. Five years ago, after being hurt in a fall, she moved in with her grandson, Gregg Saunders, and his wife Karen.

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Maxine Haynes

SEATTLE (AP) _ Maxine Haynes, whose quiet determination brought down the color barrier in the city’s hospital nursing ranks, died Sunday. She was 85.

Haynes, who also taught nursing in Seattle and Los Angeles, died Sunday at her home, friends and close associates said.

A nursing scholarship in her honor was established last year by Swedish Medical Center, which now operates the hospital that first hired her in Seattle.

Born as Maxine Pitter in one of the city’s early black families, she enrolled at the university in 1936 when there were fewer than two dozen black students on campus.

Denied admission to the nursing school because of dormitory segregation, she earned a degree in sociology in 1941. Writing to one nursing school after another, she finally was admitted to Lincoln School of Nursing in New York.

After completing her studies she worked at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in New York, then as a sociologist and public health nurse before returning to Seattle in 1945.

When she was hired at Providence Hospital, now part of Swedish, she became ``the Jackie Robinson of the nursing community,″ said her pastor, the Rev. Clemens Pera of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1953 with her first husband, Edward C. Davis, who was pursuing a musical career, then earned a master’s degree from UCLA, became education director of the Nursing Association of Los Angeles and taught at Mount St. Mary’s College.

After Davis died she married Lionel Haynes and returned to Seattle in 1969 to become education director for the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

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