'Wonderful woman' celebrates

May Cuthbertson celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with a family afternoon tea at Ross Home and Hospital. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
May Cuthbertson celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with a family afternoon tea at Ross Home and Hospital. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
The secret of a long life is ''being pleasant to everybody'', says May Cuthbertson, who turned 100 on Saturday.

Mrs Cuthbertson celebrated the day with a family afternoon tea at Ross Home and Hospital in Dunedin.

Her ''baby'' sister, Joyce Johnson, said Mrs Cuthbertson (nee Connor) had been a ''good churchgoing woman''.

''She's a good Christian, and I don't say that lightly,'' Mrs Johnson said.

Mrs Johnson said the guests, who came from as far as Perth, had a wonderful time at the afternoon tea.

Mrs Cuthbertson, who only went into care a couple of years ago, was one of eight children, and had lived her whole life in Dunedin.

Mrs Cuthbertson's daughter, Denise Downes, of Dunedin , said her mother was a ''wonderful woman'' who was a skilled embroiderer and was in the church choir.

She had three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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