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Secret to a long life? At 103, Laura knows


October 11, 2017


Laura Ashbrenner (at right) enjoys birthday greetings from friends and staff at Columbia Basin Care in The Dalles. She turned 103 on Oct. 3.

What's the secret to a long life? Depends when you ask.

At 103, Laura Ashbrenner says it's all about the love of friends and family. "I have good children, and good friends and family."

Last year, at 102, she attributed long life to beets. "My mother always made me eat vegetables," she said, "lots of beets."

An accomplished fashion illustrator and artist who has dedicated much of her life to capturing the beauty of the Columbia Gorge, Ashbrenner turned 103 years old on Oct. 3.

She was born in Battle Ground, Washington, in 1914. After attending Oregon School of Fine Arts, she built a career as an artist for advertising agencies. In the 1930s and '40s she worked as a fashion illustrator fo...

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