No smok­ing or drink­ing helps make a cen­tury

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION / NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Elsie Carter can thank a clean-liv­ing life for her longevity. The Whitby Rest Home res­i­dent cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day sur­rounded by fam­ily on De­cem­ber 4.

Although her health is not the best these days, it was nev­er­the­less a chance to cel­e­brate the sparkle that she had for many years.

Born in Welling­ton in 1911, the eldest of four chil­dren, Elsie at­tended Brook­lyn School un­til 14, where she left to work for NZ Rail­ways as a typ­ist.

She met her hus­band Thomas, an English­man, and they mar­ried in 1936.

They built their fam­ily home in Morn­ing­ton Rd, where she lived un­til the age of 96.

Thomas and Elsie’s two chil­dren, Richard and Laura, were born dur­ing World War II.

Elsie had sev­eral of­fice jobs over the years and en­joyed get­ting on the tennis court at Vo­gel­morn Tennis Club.

A skilled mu­si­cian, she loved the pi­ano and of­ten played at St Matthews Church, where she was a reg­u­lar con­gre­ga­tion mem­ber.

Green- fin­gered Elsie had an im­mac­u­late gar­den dur­ing her ac­tive years and was an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant of the Brook­lyn Se­nior Cit­i­zens Group, play­ing pi­ano for the singing ses­sions.

She has six grand­chil­dren and nine great-grand­chil­dren. Longevity runs in her fam­ily. Her fam­ily said her sis­ter in Pa­pakowahi was 99.

Her grand­daugh­ter Laura Moult says Elsie’s ac­tive life and the fact she never smoked or drank held her in good stead to reach her 100th year.

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