Seasons Amherstburg resident celebrates 100th birthday

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a special day for Marie White last Wednesday.

The Seasons Amherstburg resident celebrated her 100th birthday with friends, a few dignitaries and, of course, a big 100th birthday cake. White said she felt fine on her big day but was taken aback by the party thrown in her honour.

“Yes, I should say,” said White, when asked about whether she was surprised.

Even though she was surprised, White was pleased with the party.

“This is lovely,” said White. “I can’t believe how nice it is.”

Lynn Smith, the lifestyles services manager at Seasons Amherstburg, described White as “a simple, easy to please lady” who didn’t want too much of a fuss on her birthday.

“She wanted to keep it nice and easy,” said Smith.

Marie White (left) is presented with an award from the town on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Making the presentation to White is Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale.

Marie White (left) is presented with an award from the town on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Making the presentation to White is Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale.

White celebrated with her family the previous weekend with last Wednesday’s party being on her actual birthday. She said she doesn’t have a secret on how she has lived as long as she has but had one piece of advice: “you just keep going.”

Keeping going is something White does regularly, Smith noted. White is seen regularly with her walker “doing laps” of the halls and keeping as active as she can. White has two daughters and several grandchildren and one of the highlights of her century-long life has simply been to be around her family.

Chief Tim Berthiaume (right) presents 100-year-old Marie White with a gift on behalf of the Amherstburg Police Service.

Chief Tim Berthiaume (right) presents 100-year-old Marie White with a gift on behalf of the Amherstburg Police Service.

Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale presented White with a framed certificate from the town of Amherstburg while Chief Tim Berthiaume and Deputy Chief Ian Chappell wishing White well. Berthiaume presented her with a special commemorative coin with the police logo on it.

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