Centenarian says longevity a family trait

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She does not smoke or drink much but credits her long life to her mother.

Ribbonwood Country Home resident Aldyth Kerr celebrated her 100th birthday last week with an afternoon tea at the rest home.

At the weekend, a family lunch and afternoon tea was held at the West Otago RSA.

Mrs Kerr said her mother, Emily McCrostie, of Invercargill, was 108 when she died.

“I think I’ve got good genes,” she said.

She was not sure whether she would live as long as her mother.

Her father died when he was 87.

She was enjoying the celebration.

“I think it’s lovely hearing from friends I haven’t heard from in ages.”

She grew up in Invercargill but moved to Conical Hill, near Tapanui, to take up a teaching position.

She boarded with the Kerr family who farmed beside the school.

In 1948 she married one of the sons of the family, Colin.

She had three sons who survived childhood, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She had been a keen gardener in her younger days.

“I used to grow roses.”

Before she had a fall earlier in the year she regularly walked to Tapanui.

While she did not have any vices she did have trouble staying awake at times.

“I think it’s sleepy sickness but the doctor’s never heard of it.”jordan release dateAutres