SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE

January 24, 2002 11:00 pm
 (The Observer/LAURA MACKIE-HANCOCK).
(The Observer/LAURA MACKIE-HANCOCK).

Kathleen Smith of Albany reads a card to her mother, Nel Steffen, who celebrated her 108th birthday Wednesday with many family and friends at the Wildflower Lodge in La Grande. Steffen lived on her own and in her own home until recently. She may have the distinction of being the oldest living Oregonian. A Portland woman, Geneva Grandma Mac McNicholl, held the honor, but she died Tuesday at age 112.