Party to End Parties

There have been many weddings, baptisms and holiday gatherings in the Terry family, but nothing to match the party two weeks ago to honor the 90th birthday of Edith Terry, the matriarch of the family.

The celebration, at the Days Inn in Crystal City, was a family reunion that drew more than 100 kin as well as many friends.

At the center of the event sat Terry, clad to the ankles in white with a tiara in her hair and surrounded by four generations of offspring and descendants, most of them residents of the Washington area.

Celebrants ranged in age from Terry's uncle, Jacob Robinson, 92, to a 2-month-old great-great-granddaughter, Shantelle Ferrell.

And while family members were busy marveling at Terry's life and vigor in old age, Terry was celebrating the abundance of youth gathered around her.

"I married into the family 15 years ago," said William Thompson, 36, a minister in the District, "but Edith Terry has been just like a grandmother to me.

"I'm treated just like one of the children."

Outstanding Women Cited

Carol Hill Lowe, executive director of the D.C. Commission for Women, recently was honored with the annual "Women of Achievement" award from the D.C. Federation of Business & Professional Women Inc.

The award noted, among other things, Lowe's lobbying efforts last year to win D.C. Council passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which starting in April will require most employers in the District to provide up to four months of unpaid leave to any worker who wants to care for a newborn child, an ill family member or an ailing gay partner.

Advocates of the legislation have called it the most comprehensive family-leave law in the nation.

Other women honored for their professional achievements were: Barbara Garland, of British Airways; Elizabeth Conway, a government relations specialist with the American Iron and Steel Institute; D.C. Superior Court Judge Margaret Haywood; Ruth Stinson, a retired investigative aide with the Civil Service Commission; Delores Laney Sawyer, chief of the criminal branch of U.S. District Court; Clarene Martin, a lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board; Air Force Brig. Gen. Barbara Goodwin; and Barbara Kellt Witt, who was a senior investigative officer with the National Bank of Washington.