At the age of 16, Lucy Tavener had to say goodbye to her father.
The patriarch of one of Johnstown's most-famous families -- William Albert Ashbrook -- was 73 when he died in 1940.
The congressman and founder of the Johnstown Independent newspaper left behind volumes of diaries, detailing his journey.
Those hand-written notes have been a relic for Tavener, who will celebrate her 90th birthday Sunday, Dec. 8.
Of Ashbrook's five children, she is the lone survivor of a family which produced two U.S. congressmen during the 20th Century.
Her brother, John, served from 1961-1982. Her father represented the district from 1907-1921 and 1935-1940.
"Even though the last six years of his life he was in Washington, I still have fond memories of my father," said Tavener, who will be honored on her birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Johnstown Independent Baptist Church, where she still sings in the choir.
"I've been able to relive his life by reading those diaries. There are four printed volumes."
Tavener would be able to fill a diary of her own.
In 1941, around the same time she married her late husband, John Tavener of Granville, she started work at the former Johnstown Bank and became its president during her 39-year career. She was one of the first women in Ohio to serve as president of a bank.
During that time, Tavener was appointed to the Regional Advisory Committee on Banking Policies and Practices of the Federal Reserve from 1975-1976.
Five years after her retirement in 1983, she decided to go back to work. For more than 20 years, Tavener was an agent for Key Property Realtors in Johnstown.
"After I first retired, I thought it would stay that way, but after five years of not being real active, I asked my husband if he cared if I went back to work again," she said.
"I'm thankful for all the blessings I've had in my life and all the opportunities," Tavener said. "I try to stay active, but things change when you get to 90."
Like her father and brother, Tavener has dedicated time to public service.
She served on various boards, including Licking Memorial Hospital, Licking Alcohol Prevention Program and Johnstown Historical Society.
She also was co-chairman of the campaign to build the Mary E. Babcock Library.
Tavener was honored as Johnstown's Senior Citizen of the Year in 2009.
"She is a remarkable woman and she's had a lot of influence on our lives," said Patty Hollis, the oldest of Tavener's four children.
"She is the last (of the Ashbrook family) of her generation. It's difficult now for people to associate with it, but my grandfather saw an awful lot over the years."
Tavener has never left Johnstown, except for her time at Denison University and the Western College for Women in Oxford.
There is one other constant: She hasn't missed her weekly game of bridge in 70 years.