Ailene Abbie Meyers Utz recently celebrated her 96th birthday. She was born Feb. 17, 1917 to Maud Jordon and John Kemp Meyers of Dayton, Ohio.

She met her husband David Williams Utz while they were students at Ohio Wesleyan University. They were married for more than 50 years, living in Dayton; Albany, N.Y.; Chicago; and Savannah, Ga.

She and her husband had four children. Ruth Anne and her husband, Mark, Dayton; William Harvey II, Chicago; John Edward, and his wife, Chris, Newport, R.I.; and David Kemp, Buck Hill Falls, whose wife Bonnie is a resident of Heritage Hill's Shepherd Garden.

Abbie has 10 grandchildren: Annie; Katherine, who is married to Michael; and Aubrey, all of Ohio; Larissa, who is married to Sergio of Texas, and David Fletcher II, who is engaged to Jodi, and lives in New York City; Ted, who is married to Nadine; Katrina, and Maurin, and her husband Zach, all of San Diego, Calif.; Kelly, who is married to Bill, resides in Oklahoma City; and David Ensor II, and his wife Angel of Asheville, N.C.

She has nine great-grandchildren.

Over the years Abbie's hobbies have included tennis and golf. For 11 years she worked with a number of dentists, helping them to manage their offices. She enjoys writing and published columns in several community journals. She enjoys keeping in touch with friends and family through handwritten notes.

Abbie moved to Heritage Hill in 2011 after the passing of her companion of more than 10 years, Tom Carr.

She is active on several Heritage Hill committees and enjoys visiting with her neighbors.