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Marie Jackson Boyden celebrates century

May 3, 2009
The Leader Herald

Marie Jackson Boyden turned 100 years old on April 30. She has lived at the Getman Memorial Home for the past 11 years.

Boyden is a longtime Gloversville resident, previously living on Extension Steele Avenue with her husband, Donald, for 36 years. Boyden was born in Fall River, Mass., in 1909. Her mother came from Wells, and her parents moved to Fall River, where her father owned a textile mill.

At age 18, after graduating from high school, Boyden left Fall River for New York City. Her mother accompanied her. She then attended beautician school.

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Marie Jackson Boyden poses for a photo at the Getman Memorial Home in Gloversville Thursday during the celebration of her 100th birthday.

After completing beautician school, Boyden accepted a position with the first combined gentlemen and ladies salon in New York City. She also worked at the Helena Rubenstein Beauty Salon and several hotels, including the Empire Hotel, where Boyden had comedian George Burns as a customer.

After living in New York and Florida for many years, Boyden returned to Gloversville, where family members were living, and found a job at Cohen's Department Store. She met her future husband, Donald Boyden, in 1951, and they married shortly thereafter.

Boyden worked for several leather companies as a leather sorter, including Eastman Leather and Fulco Leather. She accepted a job in the office at Fulco. Looking back on her years, Boyden said, "Never give up hope. There is always a way out, and above all else, keep your sense of humor."

The Getman Memorial Home celebrated her birthday at an open house April 26. The public was invited and shared a cake and refreshments with Boyden and her fellow residents. The home's residents also celebrated her birthday April 30 with a dinner and a cake served by Getman Home board members.



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