Marianne Lambert Pinches will celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 30.
Family and friends are invited to share cake, coffee and memories with her Feb. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 422 Del Norte St., Eureka.
Pinches was born in Eureka, where she has spent her whole life other than two years — 1942 and 1943, when she worked her first job as a second grade teacher in Willits. That’s also where she met her husband of 66 years, William Pinches.
Pinches began playing violin when she was 8 years old. By the time she was 13, she was playing in the Eureka Junior High and Eureka Senior High orchestras, as well as the Humboldt State Orchestra. She remained a member of the Humboldt State Orchestra for over 65 years.
Pinches attended the First Baptist Church as a child and became a member in 1940. While attending Humboldt State, she served there as the choir director. She graduated from Humboldt State in 1942 with a major in education and a minor in music.
The Pincheses married in 1943 and moved back to Eureka in 1944 soon after the birth of their son, Bill Jr.
In 1947, Marianne Pinches began teaching kindergarten at Franklin Elementary School until 1949, when she moved to Marshall School kindergarten. In 1957, she began teaching music at Eureka Junior High and retired in 1977 after serving as a traveling music teacher at several Eureka schools. She has been a member of the California Retired Teachers Association since that time. She has also been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma for 50 years and served as its president and secretary.
In 1950, Pinches also started playing chamber music and was a member of several string quartets over the years. She made several trips to Europe with the Violin Society of America to study music and play violin. In 1991, she provided funding making it possible for the Eureka Symphony Orchestra to organize and played violin with the orchestra until just a few years ago.