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80 and ready to fly

Fran Abbott was all smiles as she prepared to jump out of a plane thousands of feet above the ground to mark her 80th birthday.1 / 4
From the expression her face, it is hard to tell if this is the worst part or the best part of Fran Abbott's first parachute jump. (Hudson Star-Observer submitted photos)2 / 4
Momma made it!3 / 4
Fran Abbott did not make her first skydive alone. She was accompanied by her family including, from left, Sarah Bird, Suzy Abbott, Joe Abbott, Beth McRae, Laurel Bird, Chelsea Doriott, Dana Vanderbosch, Greg Larson, Naomi Doriott, Fran Abbott, Jay Abbott, Chantal Doriott and Tom Syfko.4 / 4

A simple cake with 80 candles was not going to cut it when it came to Fran Abbotts 80th birthday celebration this spring.

Instead, Abbott turned to her "bucket list" of things she wanted to do before she died and decided on a parachute jump with Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin.

Abbott didn't make the journey from thousands of feet above ground alone. She was accompanied by her five adult children and several grandchildren.

What happens when she turns 85 -- to be announced.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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