Ruth Kaye of Medford celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday, March 12, with a reception for friends and family at Fountain Plaza.
She was born May 19, 1913, in Saskatchewan, Canada, and moved to Medford in 1937. She married Richard Kaye in 1938, and they had three children, Glen Kaye (wife Harriet), Glenda Thompson (husband Bill), and Bruce Kaye (wife Paula). She has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Oregon College (now Southern Oregon University) and taught at several schools in the Rogue Valley, including Derby, Agate, Howard and Wilson. She moved to Union, Ore., in 1966, where her husband worked for the U.S. Forest Service until his death in 1974. She taught in Union until her retirement in 1975 and then moved back to Medford.
She has visited Australia and New Zealand, the British Isles and Europe, Yucatan, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii, Alaska, and many parts of the lower 48 states with a focus on national parks.
Over the years, she has enjoyed square dancing, hiking, reading, going to live theater and playing cards. She has endured many serious illnesses, but is a true survivor.