Frank and Sally Hudson of Friday Harbor had much to celebrate recently, and family members came from all over to join in.
On Aug. 25, Frank celebrated his 90th birthday, followed by Sally’s 90th birthday on Oct. 26. As family gathered from off-island, the couple’s 62nd wedding anniversary was celebrated on Sept. 9.
They were joined in the celebration by their children and grandchildren. Son Chip and granddaughters Amelia and Caroline came up from Portland, Ore. Daughter Jean and granddaughter Lily traveled from Milwaukee, Wis., and daughter Charlotte, her husband Chris and granddaughter Shelby came over from Bellingham. Shelby’s younger sister Madison, busy with classes at Washington State University, missed the gathering. Frank’s brother Jack, also an island resident, joined in the festivities, complete with barbecued salmon and two kinds of cake. Also appreciated was a quick visit from family friend and caregiver, Lynn Wilson.
When asked how he felt about turning 90, Frank’s response was, “Just when did I get to be THAT old?”
Frank and Sally retired to Friday Harbor in 1975, leaving the East Coast for the west, where small-town life and being close to open water were big factors in settling in the islands. They both have enjoyed being active members in the community, Frank as navigation/boating safety instructor and past commander of the Friday Harbor Power Squadron. Sally, first as secretary of the surveying firm of Krabbe & Starr, and later giving countless hours as a volunteer at the local library and the recycling center, and serving in many roles at the Presbyterian Church. They’ve both enjoyed many years as active boaters, and are enthusiastic tennis and badminton players.