Happy 80th Birthday!!

 My Great Aunt Toni (Delta Lee) celebrated her 80th Birthday today!! Her actual birthday was yesterday, but she had her big bash today in Mesa at the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center.
Aunt Toni was my Grandma Donher’s sister. She is the 3rd of 6 children. In order; 
Donher {3/25/1930-12/26/1987}, 
Erna {11/1/1931- 2/26/1988}, 
Toni (Delta Lee) {11/30/1932-},
 J Carlton (J) {1/11/1933-}, 
K Benard (Ben) {12-14-1935-3/1/2007}, 
& Barton Smith {11/21/1944- 2/2/2012}. 
Their parents were Alden and Martha Smith. The only surviving siblings are Toni and Jay. 
L to R: Bart, Toni, Donher, Jay, Erna & Ben-circa 1980’s
Today was a very special milestone!! 🙂
It was a very nice lunch and time spent honoring her and her life. In the past year I’ve gotten to know her much more and it has been a blessing to me. My Grandmother died when I was pretty young. I had just turned 11 years old and I don’t remember much about her. Spending more time with Aunt Toni has given me a better idea of the woman my Grandmother was and what her life was like. In many ways I feel like I’m her ‘adopted’ Granddaughter. I’m so grateful to her for that.
Happy 80th Birthday Aunt Toni!!!

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