100th birthday for Shoreline resident Imogene Rehkopf

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Imogene Rehkopf opens a box of chocolates
at her 100th birthday party on January 24, 2023
Photo courtesy Laurel Cove Community

Mary 'Imogene' Sampson was born January 24,1923 in Harrodsburg KY. She goes by her middle name Imogene.

She was born in the middle of six children who grew up on a diversely stocked farm in Kentucky where they raised and managed crops and animals during The Depression. World War II started before she graduated from High School and inspired Imogene to be trained as a nurse in Lexington between 1943-1945.

Imogene was a nurse in Alaska after World War II

Traveling to a nursing job in Alaska in 1947, she stopped in Seattle. She loved Seattle and vowed to return. Around 1949, she became a surgical nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital when it was on Queen Anne Hill.

Imogene Sampson married Charles Rehkopf
October 20, 1950 in Seattle
During this time she met Charles Rehkopf, and they were married at Queen Anne Baptist Church on October 20, 1950. Previously married, Charles had two children, Janet and Jim.

Imogene and Charles lived many happy years in the Ravenna area of Seattle and had three daughters, Lezlie, Lynda and Shelley. Later, Imogene loved taking care of her grandchildren, Erynn, Anthony and Eva.

Charles died after a stroke in 1999 on Christmas Day. Imogene, becoming aware that she was losing her mobility, moved to a one level home in the Wedgewood area of Seattle. 

She continued to love gardening. After a fall in 2013 where she broke her hip, she needed more assistance and was happy to move to Anderson House in Shoreline's North City Business District. Now the facility has a new name, Laurel Cove Community. 

 She is very happy looking out of her window, which is filled with plants she is regularly tends.

In 2016 Imogene became a Great Grandma when Charles Frederick was born. Visits with little Charles light her up. Even during the Covid Pandemic, when she caught it and recovered quickly, she enjoyed visits through windows and speaker phones. Her family is happy that she continues to be safe, happy and healthy.

--Story and photos courtesy Imogene's daughter Lynda and Laurel Cove Community.


Anonymous,  February 21, 2023 at 8:19 PM  

What a lovely, inspiring story!

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