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Retiring as a hair dresser at 83, Delores Ferrante jokes she only put down her shears and curlers because all her clients had died

COURTESY PHOTO: GINNY VAN LOO - Delores Ferrante celebrated her 100th birthday early, on Jan. 29 at the Oregon City Elks Club.Known for her unique sense of humor, Oregon City's Delores "Dee" Ferrante turns 100 on a unique date, 2/2/22.Delores Ferrante

Born on Feb. 2, 1922, in Montana, Ferrante was driven to Oregon by her father in a Model T Ford when she was still a schoolgirl.

An Oregon City resident for over 75 years, Ferrante earned a living as a hairdresser. Retiring at the age of 83, she joked that she only put down her shears and curlers because all her clients had died.

An active volunteer, Ferrante has for many years been a member of Oregon City Elks, which held an early birthday party in her honor on Jan. 29 at the nonprofit organization's downtown headquarters on McLoughlin Boulevard. She was also a member of various chapters of the Red Hat Society, an international social club that was founded in 1998 for women over 50.

Friends and family recognize Ferrante as a great storyteller who has an amazing sense of humor, a memory like an elephant and is always entertaining to be around.

Ferrante was married and had eight kids, including a pair of twins. She has 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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