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Valley View celebrates 10 centenarians

Valley View Villa recently celebrated 10 ladies who have reached or exceeded 100 years of age. In back from left are:  Gertie MacDonald, Helen Ward, Audrey Rudolph, Emily Donnelly and Dot MacDonald. In front are: Janet MacLean, Johanna Hafey, Rita Nicholson, Babs Currie and Nan MacKean.
Valley View Villa recently celebrated 10 ladies who have reached or exceeded 100 years of age. In back from left are: Gertie MacDonald, Helen Ward, Audrey Rudolph, Emily Donnelly and Dot MacDonald. In front are: Janet MacLean, Johanna Hafey, Rita Nicholson, Babs Currie and Nan MacKean. - Adam MacInnis

Standing at the front of the community room was more than 1,000 years of combined life experience.

Ten ladies were celebrated this week at Valley View Villa for reaching the milestone of 100 years or more.

Some have crossed the milestone barrier by months. Others by years.

When Valley View Villa director of recreation and volunteer services Cathy Ryan first met Gertie MacDonald she walked into her apartment at Havenbrook Manor and saw her working at a computer. Now 101, she still does her banking and other business online. Her sister Helen Ward at 103 lives just across the hall from her. She doesn’t really use computers she says... “only to play games.”

They have no real answer to why they’ve lived so long.

“We just happen to be the lucky ones I guess,” said Ward.

She said both her parents passed away in their 80s.

“I think the quality of the medication today has something to do with it.”

But perhaps there’s something in the water around Riverton.

Here’s a look at the residents honoured for surpassing a century of living.

Nan McKean

Born: Aug. 8, 1911

Place of Birth: Churchville, Pictou County

Age: 106 years

Johanna Hafey

Born: Feb. 16, 1917

Place of Birth: Grosvenor, Guysborough County

Age: 101 years

Audrey Rudolph

Born: Dec. 29, 1917

Place of Birth: Pictou

Age: 100 years

Helen Ward

Born: April 16, 1915

Place of Birth: McLellans Mountain.

Age: 103 years

Gertie MacDonald

Born: March 17, 1917

Place of Birth: McLellans Mountain

Age: 101 years

Dorothy MacDonald

Born: May 14, 1917

Place of Birth: New Glasgow

Age: 101 years

Emily Donnelly

Born: Oct. 2, 1917

Place of Birth: Marshy Hope

Age: 100 years young

Annie “Babs” Currie

Born: March 21, 1912

Place of Birth: Leith Edinburg, Scotland

Age: 106

Rita Nicholson

Born: Jan. 19, 1918

Place of Birth: Havre Boucher

Age: 100 years

Janet MacLean

Born: March 24, 1918

Place of Birth: Westville

Age: 100 years

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