Cel­e­brat­ing 100 happy years

Seaway News - - News - SHAWNA O’NEILL, SPE­CIAL TO TC ME­DIA NICK SEEBRUCH nicholas.seebruch@tc.tc

CORN­WALL, On­tario – On Mon­day, June 4, Mary Wal­ton turned 100-years- old. She cel­e­brated her cen­tury mile­stone birthday with sev­eral close friends and fam­ily at Mccon­nell Manor.

“If some­body asks me how old I am, I usu­ally say ‘well, you should know, I’m 16!’” said Wal­ton with a laugh.

Wal­ton was given a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter from Guy Lau­zon and our Prime Min­is­ter, as well as a let­ter from Queen Eliz­a­beth II and the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral of Canada. She was also pre­sented with a plaque that will be on the Hall of Fame at Mccon­nell Manor with other res­i­dents who have turned 100.

Lawrence Mask, the Sec­re­tary of CN Pen­sion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Inc., pre­sented Wal­ton with a plaque and wished her a happy birthday on be­half of the CN Rail Pen­sion Com­mit­tee.

“This is the most won­der­ful thing I’ve seen!” said Wal­ton when she re­ceived the plaque.

Nancy Mca­teer, Wal­ton’s daugh­ter, gave an emo­tional speech de­tail­ing the jour­neys of her par­ents and how they came to set­tle in Moose Creek. She thanked her mother for her suc­cess­ful up­bring­ing and un­con­di­tional en­cour­age­ment.

Wal­ton gave an in­spir­ing speech, thank­ing the CN Rail Pen­sion Com­mit­tee for their sup­port. She also proudly showed ev­ery­one one of her most trea­sured items: a t-shirt that was made for her on her 80th birthday, which has a car­toon fig­ure of each of her five chil­dren with their name in­scribed be­low. On the back of the shirt is her name with a flower.

“Now, what else do I trea­sure? You peo­ple! You peo­ple,” she said to her fel­low res­i­dents at the Manor. “Now what would I do if I didn’t have you? You never ever let me down.”

Wal­ton was gifted with a beau­ti­ful cake that had her favourite past times rep­re­sented on it: gar­den­ing, sewing, knit­ting and play­ing bridge. She suc­cess­fully blew out 100 can­dles at an­other party on the week­end.

“I did a lot of trav­el­ling. A lot, a lot,” said Wal­ton, re­mem­ber­ing some of her favourite me­mories. Wal­ton en­joyed trav­el­ling with her hus­band, but af­ter his pass­ing she en­joyed trav­el­ling alone too. Some­times she wishes she could have got­ten to see South Africa.

Wal­ton is happy to be in Corn­wall cel­e­brat­ing her 100th birthday and is look­ing forward to the years to come.

Mary Wal­ton cel­e­brated her 100th birthday on Mon­day, June 4th. She is seen hold­ing a plaque pre­sented by the CN Rail Pen­sion Com­mit­tee. (Shawna O’neill, TC Me­dia).

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