Kerry Smith gives her long-time friend, Margaret Howes, a kiss at her 100th Birthday celebration.
Kerry Smith gives her long-time friend, Margaret Howes, a kiss at her 100th Birthday celebration.

Centenerian recalls the happy times of her life



SURROUNDED by family and friends to celebrate her birthday, Margaret Julia Howes was all smiles, not caring one bit who knew her age.

Afterall, there is nothing embarrasing about making it to the grand age of 100, and in all honesty, at this stage in her life she isn't going to waste time on worrying about such things.

Mrs Howes was born on February 28, 1906 in Melbourne, the third daughter of Teresa and Richard Cormick.

Growing up in the suburb of Bentleigh, she attended the small small, one-room school house of St Peter's Parish, which served as church, school, meeting room, and dance hall for 25 students in grades 1 to 8, one teacher, and one teacher assistant.

But as she celebrated her special day and looked back on her life, it was the memory of one night that put a smile on her face, as it was the start of the happiest times of her life.

Attending a date with her two older sisters at St Kilda Yacht Club, she met the handsome Laurence Vincent Howes.

It was a love match, with the young couple soon married at St Anthony's Church in Glenhuntly.

Soon after moving to Sydney their first daughter Joan was born, followed by Kevin, and on return to Melbourne followed by Colin, Therese, Margaret, Denis, Judith, Maureen, Roger and Bernadette.

It was a busy 40 years raising this brood of 10.

They all attended private school, with the couple working hard to be good providers and loving and caring parents.

After 70 years of marriage, Laurence passed away in 1996, and Kevin passed away in 1998.

All of Ms Howes' remaining children celebrated her 100 years with her.

Making it an even more remarkable achievement is that many of her 99 direct descendants, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, arrived in Coffs Harbour from all over Australia and as far away as Hawaii to be with her.Kerry Smith gives her long-time friend, Margaret Howes, a kiss at her 100th Birthday celebration.

Photo: CHRIS RIX 06030204ACentenerian recalls the

happy times of her lifeSURROUNDED by family and friends to celebrate her birthday, Margaret Julia Howes was all smiles, not caring one bit who knew her age.

Afterall, there is nothing embarrasing about making it to the grand age of 100, and in all honesty, at this stage in her life she isn't going to waste time on worrying about such things.

Mrs Howes was born on February 28, 1906 in Melbourne, the third daughter of Teresa and Richard Cormick.

Growing up in the suburb of Bentleigh, she attended the small small, one-room school house of St Peter's Parish, which served as church, school, meeting room, and dance hall for 25 students in grades 1 to 8, one teacher, and one teacher assistant.

But as she celebrated her special day and looked back on her life, it was the memory of one night that put a smile on her face, as it was the start of the happiest times of her life.

Attending a date with her two older sisters at St Kilda Yacht Club, she met the handsome Laurence Vincent Howes.

It was a love match, with the young couple soon married at St Anthony's Church in Glenhuntly.

Soon after moving to Sydney their first daughter Joan was born, followed by Kevin, and on return to Melbourne followed by Colin, Therese, Margaret, Denis, Judith, Maureen, Roger and Bernadette.

It was a busy 40 years raising this brood of 10.

They all attended private school, with the couple working hard to be good providers and loving and caring parents.

After 70 years of marriage, Laurence passed away in 1996, and Kevin passed away in 1998.

All of Ms Howes' remaining children celebrated her 100 years with her.

Making it an even more remarkable achievement is that many of her 99 direct descendants, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, arrived in Coffs Harbour from all over Australia and as far away as Hawaii to be with her.



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