Waimate Lister Dwelling resident Gladys Wilce is surrounded by her household on Friday to have a good time her 100th birthday.
Gladys Wilce turned 100 on Friday and whereas she is suprised to have reached the milestone, she thinks she has “accomplished alright’’.
She attributes her longevity to exhausting work and good clear dwelling and stated it didn’t appear that way back she celebrated being 80.
She celebrated her birthday with a day tea at Lister Dwelling the place she has lived since 2017 and deliberate to have a meal with household and buddies on the Waimate City and Nation Membership within the night.
Born the youngest of two women in Dunedin in 1920, two years after World Struggle I ended, the household moved to a farm in Studholme when she was a child.
Their farmhouse had no electrical energy or flushing bathroom. Lighting was supplied by candles and kerosene lanterns solely.
“The bathroom was approach down the backyard path,” she recalled.
Earlier than faculty she needed to milk the cows and journey to Studholme College in a horse and cart. At totally different seasons she helped pull turnips, feed out and stook the wheat.
Her father went abroad to serve in World Struggle I however peace was declared simply as he obtained there so he didn’t see any lively service. As a toddler within the Nice Despair, Gladys stated life was exhausting for her dad and mom.
Leaving faculty on the age of 15 and changing into a housekeeper, Gladys met her future husband Jim at a athletic sports activities day which he cycled in, when she was 18.
After they married he fought in Phrase Struggle II in Egypt, Italy and Crete for 3 years.
“It was terribly lonely with out him.”
Ration playing cards meant these at house needed to make decisions between meat, sugar, flour and butter for the groceries every week.
Shell shock triggered a haemorrhage on the backside of Jim’s mind, and he was introduced house on the Netherlands Navy Hospital Ship, the Oranje.
On his return he took some time to get better after which might solely work doing mild labour comparable to plantings in Victoria Park. He later labored for the Waimate Borough Council in water upkeep.
The couple had 4 kids, three boys and a lady.
One of many highlights of her life was mentioning the youngsters, she stated.
Ivan, her youngest son, stated she was all the time light and sort and by no means had any enemies.
When not taking care of the youngsters Gladys labored strawberry choosing and on the woollen mills winding wool onto spools.
Jim died in 1995 on the age of 78.
She claimed that “good exhausting work and good clear dwelling” had stored her younger.
At all times lively, Gladys used to belong to the Waimate Scottish Society, Savage Membership, City and Nation Membership touring with the cardboard taking part in part, and is a life member of the RSA girls’s part.
“Right here [at Lister Home] we play Scrabble.”
She has by no means owned a pc and stated the most important change she had seen in her life waselectricity.
“I’ve had a great life.”