Joan's lucky number: 12/12/12

Last updated 12:47 11/12/2012
 Joan Burnett
RARE BIRTHDAY: Colourful, community champion Joan Burnett turns 91 today – December 12, 2012.

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Reaching 91 is a rare milestone on its own but today is extra special for one woman celebrating nine decades and one year.

Joan Burnett is one of few people celebrating their 91st birthday today, December 12, 2012 (12/12/12).

She was born on December 12, 1921 to Olive and Jim Davidson, Joan knows more about Dargaville than most.

It was here she went to school, worked, found her childhood sweetheart Murray Burnett, bought her first home and mothered her three beautiful children.

Daughter Janice Brenstrum says her mother has a great sense of humour.

"She is very respected by those who know and love her."

The colourful birthday girl does not look or act her age. She still maintains half a hectare of garden, drives, cooks, sews and regularly visits her friends, all younger than she, with fresh baking or flowers from her garden.

"I love the way she keeps in touch with everyone, young and old and how dearly she values her family and friends," Mrs Brenstrum says.

Mrs Burnett retired at the age of 60 but has never stopped working, spending many years involved in Rural Women, Garden Circle, Anglican Church, RSA and Rotary.

Merging into the technological age has not been a problem for Joan who uses a cell phone and a digital camera with confidence, Mrs Brenstrum says.

"Many people would aspire to her lifestyle at her age."

They are looking forward to celebrating with their mother with a quiet family dinner, alongside a toast at noon in celebration of the number 12.

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