Ale­ta Mar­tin’s 100th bir­th­day

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - DANIC LE­GAULT danic.le­

A re­sident of St-Jacques Nur­sing home in Em­brun ce­le­bra­ted her 100th bir­th­day on Wed­nes­day, May 18, among friends and fa­mi­ly.

Ale­ta Mar­tin was born in Saint John, New Bruns­wick on May 18, 1916. Ms. Mar­tin was one of th­ree chil­dren, two of which are still alive to this day, her sis­ter Ber­nice being two years youn­ger at 98 years of age. She was mar­ried in 1942 to Ran­dy Mar­tin af­ter which the couple mo­ved to the Mon­treal area in the ear­ly 1950’s.

Mr. and Ms. Mar­tin came to the area in the 1980’s, set­tling in Dun­bar be­fore moving to Ches­ter­ville a few years la­ter. Ms. Mar­tin has two chil­dren, a daugh­ter and a son, as well as th­ree grand­chil­dren. Her son Bryan Mar­tin still lives in Ches­ter­ville and has a son of his own, Ryan. Her daugh­ter Jane Cal­len pre­sent­ly lives in Bri­tish Co­lom­bia with her two daugh­ters, Kris­ta and Leah Cal­len.

Both Ms. Mar­tin’s daugh­ter Jane and grand­daugh­ter Leah were present for her 100th bir­th­day par­ty and en­joyed a lunch me­nu consis­ting of fried chicken, corn, fries and some cake, all things cho­sen by Ms. Mar­tin her­self for her bir­th­day. Al­though she is now 100 years old, Ms. Mar­tin is still in good health and has a lot to say. When as­ked what her se­cret to li­ving so long was, Ms. Mar­tin sim­ply ans­we­red with “Pray to God and don’t wor­ry”.

“She saw ma­ny life changes through her 100 years but one cons­tant is her be­lief in the po­wer of prayer. She’s been a ho­me­ma­ker, wor­ked in re­tail, sang in her church choir and had a green thumb. She could grow any­thing from a seed. She en­joyed ba­king des­serts. I re­mem­ber fond­ly that she made the best deep fried dough­nuts in the world!,” said Ms. Cal­len about her mo­ther.

—pho­to Danic Le­gault

Ale­ta Mar­tin, a re­sident of St-Jacques Nur­sing Home in Em­brun, ce­le­bra­ted her 100th bir­th­day on Wed­nes­day, May 18 among friends and fa­mi­ly. Here she is pic­tu­red with her daugh­ter Jane Cal­len.

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