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City centenarian says love is the key

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Thelma Smith celebrated her 100th birthday with her family in Kimberley on Tuesday.

Thelma Smith celebrating her 100th birthday. Picture: Supplied

A LIFETIME surrounded with love and loved ones is what carries us through the years.

This was the message from city centenarian Thelma Smith, who celebrated her 100th birthday with her family in Kimberley on Tuesday.

Her granddaughter, Charmaine Smith, said it was an honour to celebrate this milestone with her granny.

“My grandmother was a nurse by profession. She met my grandfather in hospital as he was one of her patients. They later got married and had four sons. They lived on a farm near Kimberley and my grandfather passed away years back, however, my granny never remarried again. She now has nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren,” said Charmaine.

“We children shared wonderful days with her and the rest of the family on the farm. She spoiled us rotten and had a very close bond with her sons. One has since passed away but she still has a strong relationship with her children and grandchildren, as well as great-grandchildren.”

Charmaine said her grandmother is an inspiration to her entire family.

“My granny is in good health. She does have some aches and pains but is in better health than other older persons. It is a blessing to still have her amongst us during this time.

“She is living during a time where we are in the midst of a pandemic, but she has remained strong during this challenging time. She is a wonderful example and role model to us and we love her dearly.”

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