Happy 105th Ethel

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

She is of­fi­cially the old­est res­i­dent that Pu­taruru Rangiura Re­tire­ment Vil­lage has ever had.

Ethel Rogers marked her 105th birthday last week with fam­ily and friends at her home in Pu­taruru.

Busi­ness and fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Juli­ette Tuckey said Ethel has been a res­i­dent of the re­tire­ment vil­lage for 20 years.

Miss Roger’s birthday cel­e­bra­tions were capped off with a spe­cial af­ter­noon tea in­clud­ing a de­li­cious birthday cake.

The South Waikato News also spoke to the Pu­taruru res­i­dent two years ago when she cel­e­brated her 103rd birthday.

She said then her longevity could be put down to eat­ing fresh ap­ples and get­ting plenty of fresh air.

Miss Rogers was born in 1907 and moved to Pu­taruru when she was 80.

One of five chil­dren, she was born and raised in Taranaki.

In 2010, her niece Trix LeProu said: ‘‘She looked af­ter her fa­ther and broth­ers throughout their farm­ing life.

‘‘She be­lieves her longevity is due to eat­ing ap­ples off the or­chard farm’’.

She added that her aunt got plenty of fresh air from Mount Taranaki.

Miss Rogers never mar­ried or had chil­dren.

MILE­STONE: Pu­taruru Rangiura Re­tire­ment Vil­lage res­i­dent Ethel Rogers marked her 105th birthday last week with her friends.

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