Long full life for 107-year-old Nell

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Lucy Eleanor Wil­liamson’s life was filled with mile­stones many oth­ers never achieve.

The Selwyn Vil­lage res­i­dent amazed those around her when she made it to her 100th birth­day.

And the sur­prises kept on com­ing when she notched up 105, 106 and then 107 years.

Lucy, bet­ter known as Nell, led a life filled with fam­ily, friends and ded­i­cated ser­vice to the com­mu­nity. So when she de­cided it was time to go, more than 200 peo­ple were there to say farewell.

Nell died on June 16 and her funeral was held at the Mt Al­bert Methodist church last Fri­day.

Born on Oc­to­ber 27, 1900, in Folkestone, Eng­land, to a road worker and a chil­dren’s nanny, Nell em­i­grated to New Zealand af­ter a six-week voy­age aboard the Athenic in 1905.

She first lived in Pon­sonby with her fam­ily and at­tended Rich­mond Road school and Sed­don Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

She worked as a milliner for Smith and Caugh­eys and Milne and Choice be­fore mar­ry­ing Vic­tor Wil­liamson in 1923.

The cou­ple lived in Al­ber­ton Ave in Mt Al­bert in a house built by Vic­tor for more than 70 years and had two chil­dren, Earle and Betty.

When Mr Wil­liamson died in 1975, Nell stayed liv­ing in their fam­ily home un­til she turned 100 and moved to the Selwyn Vil­lage in Pt Che­va­lier.

Through­out her life un­til her 80s, Nell was in­volved in the Women’s In­sti­tute, the League of Moth­ers, and Com­mu­ni­care as an in­struc­tor and helper. She was also on the Mt Al­bert May­oress’ Com­mit­tee and made flo­ral bou­quets and but­ton holes for many coun­cil func­tions and was a pa­tron of the Mt Al­bert Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety.

She was par­tic­u­larly fond of knit­ting and known for her lov­ingly made coat hanger cov­ers.

Fam­ily were baf­fled by her longevity.

“There’s no rea­son as far as we know,” said son Earle her 106th birth­day.

“She never smoked or drank to any large de­gree. She would have had the odd wine.”

Daugh­ter-in-law Myra Wil­liamson says Nell’s pass­ing was not un­ex­pected.

“She had be­come very frail and she just vir­tu­ally faded away,” she says.

“It was very peace­ful,” she says.

Mrs Wil­liamson is sur­vived by her chil­dren, seven grand­chil­dren, 18 great-grand­chil­dren and five great-great­grand­chil­dren.


Farewell: Lucy Eleanor Wil­liamson, 107, bet­ter known as Nell, pic­tured at her 106th birth­day.

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