Hillcrest gran celebrates 90th birthday

2015-09-01 06:00
Photo: Kalisha Naicker
Merilyn Brown celebrated her 90th birthday on Friday.

Photo: Kalisha Naicker Merilyn Brown celebrated her 90th birthday on Friday.

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FOR Hillcrest resident Merilyn Brown age is nothing but a number. With flawless skin, remarkable eyesight and a healthy body and mind, she celebrated her 90th birthday with a few friends at the Richdens Coffee shop on Friday.

For Brown being independent is what keeps her going. She drives herself around, takes care of all her errands and still has time to give back to the community by knitting jerseys and other items of clothing for Aids orphans in the area.

She was born in Zululand and moved to Durban when she turned 18 years old. For the past 25 years she calls the leafy suburb of Hillcrest home and says that there is nothing more relaxing than walking in her garden and caring for the plants.

“I was married for 62 years, sadly my husband passed away two years ago,” she said.

“He was a remarkable man and always made me smile.”

Brown also has many feathers in her cap, including working for attorneys in Mobeni as well as modelling for Your Family magazine to name a few.

Her secret to longevity is never giving up.

Brown said that “Lost time is never regained”. She says that one should never sit back and wait for things to happen for them, they need to get up and do it for themselves.

The joyful gran also showed off her fitness to the Fever reporter by standing on one leg for 40 seconds and bending down and touching her toes, a feat that many half her age will not be able to complete.

She thanked all her friends and family for their well wishes on her 90th milestone, and mentioned a special thanks to her favorite coffee shop at Richdens for their friendly service

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