GIVENS GROVE 100th
Euna Adeline Givens Grove had her 100th birthday on Nov. 28, 2017. Euna celebrated her birthday on Dec. 2, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.
Euna Adeline Drew was born at home in Eugene, Ore., on Nov. 28, 1917, before the doctor arrived, and she has rarely slowed down since. She had an older brother, Cecil (d. 1986), and a younger sister, Mable (d. 2004).
She attended Walla Walla College (now University) for pre-nursing and then attended nursing school in Paradise Valley, Calif., where she met her husband Forrest Givens, who was a rare male student in her class. They married after their graduation in 1941. Euna worked in many different capacities as a nurse before retiring in 1983.
Euna and Forrest had three children: Ginny, Cheryl (deceased of cancer in 1990) and Randy.
Euna survived a ruptured esophagus in 1989 and has miraculously outlived all the doctors involved with saving her. Her faithful, loving husband, Forrest, passed away in 2004.
In 2010, at age 93, Euna married Roland "Rollie" Grove, whom she met at the Whipple Creek Church, in Ridgefield, Wash., where she is a member. Euna and Rollie live on the farm in La Center, Wash., not too far from her children.
Euna has read the Bible through more than 20 times and never found any Scripture to disprove what the Adventist Church teaches. She says, “I have learned firsthand that the Bible promises are true and dependable. The love of God goes beyond anything we can imagine.” She has served her church as board member, newsletter editor, deaconess and kindergarten leader.
She has traveled to France, London, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.
Her secrets for a long, happy life? “Don’t eat too much sugar, eat a balanced diet, have a positive attitude.”
Euna's family includes her daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Lee of Vancouver, Wash.; son, Randall “Randy” Givens of Ridgefield, Wash.; 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.