Big day for long-time resident
Centenarian Mona McClenaghan doesn’t know the secret to her long life.
But she thinks it could be something to do with living in Grey Lynn’s Stanmore Rd for 92 years.
“I think it’s staying here,” she says. “There’s no reason to move.”
Mona, who turns 100 today, moved from Ponsonby to Grey Lynn at the age of eight.
She attended Grey Lynn School and a small private secondary school on Queen St.
After marrying she moved into the house next door, where she has remained ever since.
She says it’s been a good place to live, but there are now far more houses than when she was young.
“The houses are all over now.”
Son Rex McClenaghan says his mother was well known in Grey Lynn for keeping animals at the house, including dogs, goats and sheep.
“She loved the races, so got a job with the totalisation board, and used to travel around to all the city meets,” he says.
She also travelled widely overseas, making three or four trips every year until her late 60s.
Mona battled back to health after suffering a massive stroke in 1976.
“She was in a coma for four days and they said not to expect her to live,” Rex says.
A broken hip last year has left her unable to walk unaided, and she now has poor eyesight.
Mona has two children, Rex and Lewis, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She will be joined by family and friends for a black tie dinner on Saturday, followed by a celebration lunch on Sunday.
Staying power: 100-year-old Mona McClenaghan has lived in Grey Lynn for 92 years.