Twin sisters LaVerne Herndon of Culdesac and LaVonne Heitmann of Lewiston will celebrate their 90th birthdays with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Clarkston’s Quality Inn.
They were born July 19, 1929, in Lewiston to Fred and Theresa (Krober) Carter. The sisters lived in Lewiston until about age 4 when their family moved to Clarkston, and they graduated from Clarkston High School.
Heitmann moved to Astoria, Ore., to work in a fish cannery, but returned to the valley after a short time to join her sister in working as switchboard operators for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. (now AT&T) in Lewiston.
Herndon worked for the phone company for three years, and spent three years working at the Culdesac Post Office. LaVerne Carter and Donald Herndon were married May 14, 1950, in Lewiston and they lived in Culdesac where she was a farm wife.
She was a member of the Parent-Teacher Student Association in Culdesac, and currently enjoys keeping up with her children, and mowing around her ranch and airstrip. Herndon’s husband died in 2016. She has four sons, two daughters, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
LaVonne Carter and James R. Heitmann were married Sept. 24, 1950, in Lewiston. She remained at the telephone company for 35 years, and retired from there in 1982. A year later, she went to work for the Diet Center in Lewiston where she remained for eight years until retiring again.
She and her husband are avid fans of the Lewis-Clark State College Warrior baseball team, and have followed the team on road trips to Florida. They have been members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewiston for about 60 years, where she sang with the church choir. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers organization in Lewiston until it disbanded and, in her younger years, she especially enjoyed many trips driving her own sled on snowmobiling outings with her husband.
The Quality Inn is at 700 Port Drive.