No smoking or drinking helps make a century
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.