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Hilda Wood only needed a walker and a helping hand from her daughter to walk into a surprise party in honour of her 110th birthday.
Wood celebrated with family and friends at the senior’s block where she lives on Nov. 14, with her birthday taking place later that week on the 17th.
She sat with family at the head table and enjoyed sandwiches and cake while friends greeted her, passed along well wishes and cards and a full band played Wood’s favourites onstage.
Wood also received several certificates from delegates and local representatives congratulating her on the occasion.
"I’m very, very lucky," Wood said at the event.
Wood’s husband passed away in 1971, leaving Wood to live a mostly independent life. Until recently she lived alone in her suite at the senior’s home, visited often by family, and her daughter Lynda Dick recently joined her to help with some mobility issues.
"When I’m not here, my daughter Pam (Rempel) comes and stays," Dick said at the luncheon.
Wood jokingly calls herself a "lazy person," who enjoys spending time with her family most of all.
"I’m very well looked after," Wood said. "A lot of things are taken away. I can’t see or read properly, so you have to give that up. You take it one day at a time."
Wood grew up in East Kildonan with no electricity or running water, and as the eldest of five children, was relied upon by her parents. Later, she worked as telephone operator and then in a corrugated cardboard box company.
Wood would tell you her life hasn’t been anything extraordinary, but that she’s been happy.
"Nothing is perfect, but this is very nice."
Community journalist — The Metro
Alana Trachenko was the community journalist for The Metro