A century of life

2019-06-26 06:01
Pictured are 100-year-old Yvonne  Terris, her granddaughter (back row) Colleen Elliot and her daughter Idie Baker at Terris’ home in Scottsville. PHOTO:byrone athman

Pictured are 100-year-old Yvonne Terris, her granddaughter (back row) Colleen Elliot and her daughter Idie Baker at Terris’ home in Scottsville. PHOTO:byrone athman

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TURNING 100 on May 31 has done nothing to slow down centenarian Yvonne Terris who says that she does not feel her age at all.

Now living a quiet life in her Scottsville home, Terris says she still loves socialising with her friends at the Co-llegians Club once a week and dancing to her heart’s content when she gets the chance.

“I got a card from the Queen of England herself on the morning of my birthday,” said Terris, who enjoys dual citizenship from England and South Africa and was sent a birthday card from the queen to celebrate being alive for 100 years.

Young at heart, Terris says that her mind is still sharp and healthy and wants to continue living life the way she has always lived but her aging body has slowed her down.

Flanked by her daughter and granddaughter during her interview, Terris’ daughter, Idie Baker, says that her mother still walks, gets dressed by herself and still wants to drive but they do not allow it even though she still has her licence. “She often says that she wants to drive but we do not want to risk it,” said Baker.

Having been married three times, Terris remarked jokingly that she has outlived them all: “They all died before me, I am still here,” said Terris jokingly.

Terris, who is a diabetic, says that her secret to long life has been a life of abstaining from alcohol and smoking and says she keeps busy by knitting and shopping.

“I have been taking care of mum for the last 18 years going back and forth from my home in Midrand and soon we will be leaving Pietermaritzburg permanently so that we can be together in Gauteng to make it easier for us all as she gets older,” said Baker, referring to her mother.

“My grandmother is a very generous person, laid back in her ways and loves to be in the company of her loved ones,” said granddaughter Colleen Elliot.

Terries celebrated her birthday at the Lisboa restaurant, a favourite of hers, on June 1 with most of her family.

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