104 years young

'I think it's in the genes'

Last updated 16:14 20/02/2014
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Parata rest home resident Amy Rutherford who is turning 104 today with one of the presents she received for her birthday.

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Amy Rutherford may fool you with her witty attitude and huge smile but today she is turning 104 years young.

The Parata resthome resident is celebrating her birthday with an afternoon tea with her daughter Diane and other family members.

Mrs Rutherford first came to Gore in 1949 with her husband, where they began as farm managers at Merino Downs.

More than 60 years later she still lives in the Eastern Southland community and still shares a strong passion for the town.

Her attitude and energy belies her years, but she is adamant her longevity is more genetic than deliberate.

''Don't ask me why I have lived so long, I wouldn't know: I think it's in the genes''.

Mrs Rutherford grew up in Central Otago, one of 10 children.

Over the years she developed a great passion for the sport of lawn bowls and was awarded an appreciation certificate by the Gore club back in 2012.

''I have been involved for 50 years and as a member,'' she said.

Never one to sit in front of a television, she believes her long life could be due to spending most of her time hiking hills and skiing.

While her days had slowed down of late, she still enjoyed having people on about her rebellious younger years and fit and healthy lifestyle.  

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