100 happy years for Jane Allen

Jane Allen celebrated her 100th birthday in March in probably the same community-loving way she’s led her life.

She was born on March 12, 1914 in Tacoma. She was an only child. She graduated from Stadium High school and still recites the school’s “Fight Song.” She worked as a ticket taker at Liberty Theater.

A socialite and a community volunteer, Jane was recognized by the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees for her creative tree entry in 1998, was a member of the volunteer guild of Tacoma General Hospital, and often hosted her friends and others in her home.

Jane’s late husband was in the steel business and provided the steel that was used in the construction of the Doric Hotel in Tacoma 1960. The hotel is now Cascade Park Vista Assisted Living and, ironically, where Jane has lived since 2007.

Jane, who often says that “children are our future,” didn’t have children of her own and lights up when they come into the building.

Jane-Allen-web She loves socializing with the staff and other residents “and is loved by all,” said Joan Engle, director of marketing for Cascade Park Communities.