Ann turns 100

ANN Spears became the first resident of Yallambee Lodge to turn 100 when she celebrated her birthday on January 24.

She celebrated her birthday with family and friends with a special lunch at the Cooma Ex-Services Club.

The celebrations continued on Friday with a special cake and morning tea at Yallambee Lodge.

When asked about her secret to longevity, the great, great grandmother said there was none - she was just lucky.

"I didn't smoke and didn't drink. Whether that helped I don't know," she said.

"I enjoyed it the way I lived.

"I had a simple life."

Mrs Spears was born in Gundagai on January 24 1913 to Marie and Charlie Williams and was the third youngest of nine girls.

The family lived in Bombala, where Mrs Spears grew up until she met John Spears (deceased).

Mr Spears worked on the railways and would come up to Bombala from Pambula.

After they married they moved to Kensington in Sydney, where Mr Spears continued to work on the railways.

The couple had four children - Kaye who lives in Cooma, Geoffrey who lives in Sydney and Margaret and Jan who are deceased.

In 1951 the family moved to Cooma where Mr Spears worked on the Snowy Scheme.

Mrs Spears lived at Allambie Place up until a few years ago when she moved to Yallambee Lodge.

Her daughter Kaye Hughes said her mother was a hard worker.

"She always kept the house immaculate and loved her garden. She loved visitors and getting her hair done. She always looked after herself," she said.

Mrs Spears has eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.

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