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The third of nine children, Mrs Cruickshank grew up in Kingston and Queenstown and worked for many years at Invercargill's Kingsland Biscuit Factory before moving to Mataura for a job in a "dry" hotel where she met her husband, Cyril.
She said keeping busy, enjoying her food and having only two children were her recipe for a long and healthy life. Pictured (from left) are great-grandson Xander (12), granddaughter Toni, great-granddaughter Dani MacGuire (10), son Gary Cruickshank and Barbara Cruickshank.