Margaret Washburn celebrates her 104th birthday at Rock Ridge Road in Rockport where she lives with her son Henry, his wife Fiona, and grandson Leo.

She was born in 1906 in Staunton Va., youngest of seven, daughter of Henry Winston Holt, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia and Mary Caperton Braxton Holt, direct descendant of Carter Braxton, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

She graduated from the University of Michigan, married Rodney Washburn of Worcester, Mass, and raised three children in the Worcester area. She and her husband retired to their summer home at Brooks Pond, Spencer, Mass. where she lived actively, rowing her boat daily six months of the year till age 97.