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Newfoundland woman declares 100th milestone as 'just another day'


JONATHAN PARSONS

THE PACKET

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CLARENVILLE, N.L. — In the span of just two-and-a-half weeks three people in the eastern Newfoundland region have marked their 100th birthday.

For Jane Seward of Gooseberry Cove, she was surrounded by her large family, friends and fellow residents for a celebration Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Clarenville Retirement Centre, where she’s lived for the last three years.

Originally born and raised in Butter Cove, Seward married and settled in Gooseberry Cove where she raised 10 children — eight of whom are still living.

All of her children were at the party on the weekend, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anyone who couldn’t make it to the party due to travel restrictions, were surely thinking of her.

Seward told The Packet it’s “wonderful” to have so many people wishing her well on her special birthday.

“The people are good, and the people who come in are good, the girls (who work at the home) are good.”

One of her daughters, Gloria Seward, says her mother still has a sharp memory. She says they try to have a big party for her birthday each year — although on some occasions they’ve been held during winter storms.

“It’s only now she’s starting to admit she’s that old,” says Gloria, “Because normally, she wouldn’t.”

Seward joked about all the attention.

“A 100th birthday is nothing,” she laughed. “It’s just another day.”

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