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Rotterdam resident celebrates a century of memories

"Her fingers used to fly when she pushed the buttons on that comptometer," said Varriale.

It was her skills on the comptometer that got her jobs with Alco and eventually General Electric, where she worked for more than 20 years. Gorden served as payroll clerk at GE until she retired at age 61.

Though her husband died in her early retirement years, Gorden remained busy, tending to her garden and fashioning picture frames, ceramics, Christmas decorations and other crafts that she would often give as gifts.

Perhaps the greatest gift for Gorden, though, was her ability to watch firsthand as more and more branches began to grow on her family tree.

Gorden has four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

On her birthday, Gorden offered a brief statement.

"I didn't plan on living so long and did nothing special to live 100 years,' she said. "It just came natural."

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