I had the privilege to visit with our oldest person of Abbotsford who is 106 years young, Nora Deadman.
This wonderful woman is gracious and awe-inspiring.
She lives alone in a neat and tidy townhouse, does her own laundry and dishes, cooks her own vegetables to go with meals delivered to her. She says they are quite bland so she adds her own spices to make them more delectable.
She has her hair washed and curled every Thursday, and her son-in-law takes her grocery shopping once a week.
She has lunch and plays cards every Friday with three other ladies.
She showed me her pictures she has painted over the years, and her only regret is she can no longer do them. Her eyesight is failing somewhat. She wears hearing aids and walks with a cane, but she is still upright.
The Abbotsford Hospital Auxiliary honoured her with a framed certificate for 60 years of service. I presented this to her, and she was so pleased. She has sewn and knitted for our auxiliary and others over the years. She told me that she made a christening gown that was rented out at $5 each time until it was finally put in a shadow box and displayed in the gift shop.
This charming woman is truly our own Abbotsford gem, and we should be honoured to have her among us, and may she continue to be in our midst for a very long time.
Muriel Thomas, president, Auxiliary to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital