HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jean Carroll’s big 90th bash @ Senior Center

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog


A West Seattle legend celebrated a milestone today. The Senior Center of West Seattle threw a party for Jean Carroll‘s 90th birthday. About 60 people were there for a party she pronounced “absolutely marvelous”!

Carol Johnston, former Program Coordinator and Jean Carroll dancing. (Carol Johnston dancing with Jean)

Jean has been a volunteer at the center for 18 years. If you don’t already know her, you might remember her in the spotlight for another reason this past summer – she spoke at the 75th anniversary celebration for Colman Pool (WSB coverage here), where she was one of the first two people to swim before it opened on July 4th, 1941. Ahead, more from today’s party:


Highlights from those well-lived 90 years were on display – like this photo from what was then Madison Junior High School, 75 years ago:


Her wedding day:


She and her husband were longtime volunteers for a Dixieland Jazz Festival in which she also danced – here’s a clipping of Jean in the West Seattle Tappers, 23 years ago:

And then there was a newer memory. WSB photographer Leda Costa, who covered the party, explains that she was talking with Jean “when a police officer walked in the room; she ran to him so quickly her hat fell off! She goes ‘my police officer!’ Turns out someone stole her purse from behind the counter last Friday and Officer Martinez is the one who came to handle it. It was so sweet of him to stop by her party – she was thrilled to see him.”

Officer Martinez pays Jean a visit on her birthday.

Jean volunteers at the center five days a week.

5 Replies to "HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jean Carroll's big 90th bash @ Senior Center"

  • miws September 29, 2016 (7:06 pm)

    Happy 90th Birthday, Jean! 


  • JUDY CASHMAN September 29, 2016 (7:19 pm)

    Happy Birthday Jean!!  Here’s to more good times and volunteering at the Center!  You are an inspiration!


    Judy the nurse *I’ll see you sometime soon;-)

  • MsD September 29, 2016 (7:25 pm)

    It’s a great inspiration to see someone still making a difference in the community at the age of 90.   Happy birthday, Mrs. Carroll.

  • Ricardo September 29, 2016 (8:39 pm)

    Happy Birthday Jean !

  • Mary Beth Ingersoll, SCWS September 30, 2016 (7:06 am)

    Thank you for the lovely coverage of Jean’s Birthday!  The Center is truly her “family” now and she was absolutely thrilled!  

    She is quite the ambassador for West Seattle and gives tours of the Senior Center giving the history of the community.

    If anyone wants to stop in and wish her a Happy 90th, her desk at the top of the stairs to the left.  She’s at the Center Monday – Friday 10:30am-3:30pm!    

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