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One hundred years young

RACHEL STURGES
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012
St Andrews Retirement Village
JASON OXENHAM

CENTENARY: St Andrews Retirement Village centenarians, from left: Elsa Scott, Janet Foot, Mary Till and Grace Crawshaw.

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Celebrations were the order of the day last Wednesday at St Andrew's Village in Glendowie, with a party held for four resident centenarians who received telegrams from the Queen this year.

Grace Crawshaw turned 100 last May, while Mary Till is now 101. Still going strong at 103 are Janet Foot and Elsa Scott.

Until recently, most of them lived independent lives in their own homes before coming to live at the village.

Elsa Scott, 103, has lived in the Mission Bay and St Heliers area for more than 65 years. She had two children and is now a proud grandmother and great-grandmother.

Her daughter Rosemary Everitt says her mother was one of the first women in New Zealand to go to university, graduating with a masters in art.

"She is a very loved person in our family," she says.

Janet Foot, 103, was born in Scotland and came to New Zealand in 1946 with her husband in a troop ship. She spent most of her life in Northland and then moved to St Heliers in 1984 to be closer to her two children and extended family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grace Crawshaw, 100, has been a Glendowie resident for as long as she can remember. She appeared in the East & Bays Courier in June.

Although she married, she didn't have children but has "lots of nieces and nephews who look after me".

She was a "hard-working nurse" and attributes her great age to being active throughout her life.

Another lady at the village, Pat Macgregor, also turned 100 this year but was unable to attend the party.

Nurse manager Katrina Tanalgo says all five women are "doing very well", and she thinks the reason why they have lived to such a ripe old age is because they all have a happy disposition.

"Despite not feeling very well sometimes, they are still happy and I think that that's the reason why they have lived so long."

Ms Tanalgo says seeing them do so well is fulfilling.

"It's a big thank you for us, we know we're doing the right thing."

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- East And Bays Courier

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