Seniors celebrate ripe old age

Seniors celebrate ripe old age

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At top, Ethel McKeith (99), Harold Chapman (98), Joseph Nitsch (96), and Eleeta Frewin (97) enjoy the attention at the 90-Plus Tea last week. At left are senior line dancers Melva Ringrose and Barb Olson entertaining the audience. Lyonel Doherty photos
At top, Ethel McKeith (99), Harold Chapman (98), Joseph Nitsch (96), and Eleeta Frewin (97) enjoy the attention at the 90-Plus Tea last week. At left are senior line dancers Melva Ringrose and Barb Olson entertaining the audience. Lyonel Doherty photos
At top, Ethel McKeith (99), Harold Chapman (98), Joseph Nitsch (96), and Eleeta Frewin (97) enjoy the attention at the 90-Plus Tea last week. At left are senior line dancers Melva Ringrose and Barb Olson entertaining the audience.
Lyonel Doherty photos

Senior dancersYou’re never too old.

That was evident last week during the 90-Plus Tea at the Oliver Senior Centre.

Nearly 40 seniors in attendance were 90 or older. But nobody could top Mary Grayston, who has lived more than a century.

When asked about her secret to longevity, she immediately attributed it to hard work and clean living. She raised four children, who never gave her any problems (that will add years to your life).

She let her garden keep her mind off a lot of things, including the loss of her husband.

“But life goes on,” said the 102 year old.

Sitting at another table littered with treats and tea cups was 98-year-old Harold Chapman. He attributed his longevity to a good diet, no alcohol, and lots of exercise. He said you really have to watch what you put in your stomach.

“I’m still a good dancer,” he boasted.

Eleeta Frewin, 97, said she always looked after herself and never had a serious illness. As a diabetic, she has to eat well.

“My father said you have to go to school. You can’t get a job if you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Ninety-nine-year-old Ethel McKeith believes her longevity relates to her worshipping the Lord every morning and every night. She added that hard work is also a factor.

Ethel is an author of a book of poetry and prose, and she’s working on her second book now.

Joseph Nitsch was asked what his secret was. He smiled and said, “I can’t tell you. If I tell you, then there would be no more secret.”

Lyonel Doherty

Oliver Chronicle

 

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