The 80th birthday of Metolius resident Anna Ashby was celebrated at a family party Sept. 23, at the Jefferson County Senior Center, with relatives attending from Idaho, California and New Jersey.
Anna and her husband Lester came to Metolius in the 1950s and bought a house, where she raised 11 children.
She also was employed as a postal carrier on a rural route in Metolius until her retirement at age 65.
Today, Anna is involved with the senior center, participates on the senior wellness dance team, enjoys sewing with two of her daughters, and playing cards with friends.
Her children are: Eleanor Bailey of Idaho, Lora Palmeteer of Estacada, Bob Ashby of Idaho, Jim Ashby of Idaho, Mack Morgan of California, Carl Morgan of Washington, Patrick Ashby of Bend, Marilyn Morgan of Madras, Kathy Smith of Portland, Dick Ashby of Arizona, Barbara Hendrickson of California. She has 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.