Lewis­porte woman cel­e­brates her 100th birth­day

Eva Martin cred­its longevity to faith in God

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY SA­MAN­THA GAR­DINER

LEWIS­PORTE, NL – As the old adage goes, if things get bet­ter with age, Eva Martin must be ap­proach­ing mag­nif­i­cent as she cel­e­brates her 100th birth­day.

Martin, who was born and raised in Lewis­porte and spent her en­tire life there rais­ing a fam­ily of seven, cel­e­brated her birth­day a day early with a sur­prise party on Fri­day, Oct 20 at Pleas­antview Manor.

Her chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, great-grand­chil­dren and even great- great- grand­chil­dren, along with friends and staff of the manor, joined to­gether to wish Martin a happy birth­day and help her cel­e­brate.

Martin told the Pilot her se- cret to reach­ing 100 years old is drink­ing elablos­som tea her whole life and hard work, but most im­por­tantly, her faith in the Man above.

Martin has been a home league mem­ber of the Sal­va­tion Army church for 70 years and has de­voted many hours to vol­un­teer­ing with her church.

“I’ve got very good mem­o­ries… I’ve done a touch of ev­ery­thing,” Martin said.

Turn­ing 100 calls for lots of cel­e­bra­tion, cards and well­wishes from govern­ment of­fi­cials and ex­tended fam­ily, and par­ties. A week be­fore Martin’s birth­day, Pleas­antview Manor took a photo of her hold­ing a sign and ask­ing for 100 likes and shares on Facbeook for her 100th birth­day. Since the photo was posted, she’s got­ten 2.8K likes and 3,342 shares.

“I didn’t know I was so good as I was,” she said of all the greet­ings and love she has re­ceived.

Martin says she never ex­pected to live to be 100.

“I’d laugh at peo­ple when they’d say, ah you’ll be 100 years old,” she said, “but the Lord’s re­ward­ing me.”

When Martin looks back over her 100 years she re­calls won­der­ful mem­o­ries of tak­ing care of her fam­ily and help­ing bring chil­dren into the world many years ago.

“I’ve had a good life, I tell ya that,” she said.

SA­MAN­THA GAR­DINER PHOTO

Eva Martin cred­its her longevity mainly to her faith in God. She cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day on Fri­day, Oct 20, sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends at Pleas­antview Manor.

SA­MAN­THA GAR­DINER PHOTO

Eva Martin is es­corted into her 100th birth­day sur­prise party by her daugh­ters, Bride Shear­ing and Ma­rina Coish.

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