It was all cake, candy, coffee and smiles at Fairwinds Brighton Court in Lynnwood on Tuesday afternoon as a group of more than 40 friends and family gathered to help long-time Edmonds resident Grace Fisk celebrate her 100th birthday. Fisk was in high spirits as she was greeted by a throng of well-wishers of all ages, laughing and joking right along with the best of them.
Born Nov. 29, 1917, Grace was barely out of diapers when in 1920 the Fisk family arrived in the Edmonds area to work a family farm on Lake Ballinger. Her parents would set up a table by the roadside, and over the years the Fisk farm became known as a great place to get fresh produce, eggs and beef.
Grace attended Edmonds High School, graduating in 1934. The family sold the farm in the 1930s and moved to a home in the Westgate neighborhood. As the years went by, Grace became increasingly active in the community, volunteering for an array of home-front activities during World War II, and later at the Edmonds United Methodist Church and the Edmonds Historical Museum. She was also active in the Genealogy Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 1954, Grace relocated to downtown Edmonds, moving into a home on Glen Street just a block from the high school (which 10 years ago became the Edmonds Center for the Arts). She never married or owned a car, preferring to take buses or simply walk.
A Brighton Court resident for the past 10 years, Grace is a favorite of residents and staff, who were joined by her family members and a host of friends from over the years to help mark this very special birthday.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel; historical photos courtesy of the Edmonds Museum