Centenarian keeps sweet outlook
Health experts tell us to avoid sugary treats if we want to live longer.
But it hasn’t made a difference for Marie Dyson who celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday.
‘‘She still enjoys lots of chocolate and lollies. Sugar hasn’t done her any harm,’’ daughter Debra Farndon says.
Black coffee with two sugars and the occasional glass of red wine are still on the menu as well.
Marie Dyson was born in Yorkshire, England, on November 15, 1914.
It was a very different world and she recalls being sent to the church down the road by her grandmother to check the time on the clock because nobody had a watch.
She was an avid Girl Guide and worked in a department store after leaving school at 14.
She married her husband Kenneth on August 12, 1939.
‘‘We hadn’t been married long and he had to go off [to war],’’ she says. Kenneth was in the navy. With the war came rationing and life wasn’t easy for Marie and her family.
‘‘It made shopping quite an ordeal. We had to make do with what we had,’’ she says.
Pulling together a Christmas dinner might have meant sharing rations with a neighbour.
Kenneth worked in a wool mill and an offer of work in Columbia saw the family pack their bags and head to South America.
They had two sons at that stage who were aged 6 and 11.
‘‘It was very poor and desperate place. There were bars on the windows of the homes. They were burgled a couple of times and kids would scoop out what they could through the bars with sticks,’’ Farndon says.
In 1953 the family moved to Australia where they lived for about nine years and had two daughters.
Another offer of work at a wool mill in Wellington brought Marie, Kenneth and their daughters to New Zealand.
They moved to Onehunga when the mill closed.
Marie has spent a lot of her life doing voluntary work and has been an active member of St Peter’s Church in Onehunga.
She has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She lived independently until she was in her 90s and now lives at Selwyn Village.
Happy birthday: Marie Dyson turned 100 on November 15.
Back then: Marie Dyson in her younger days.