Haliburton centenarian Doris Roberts has no secrets for her longevity.

“I have a good sense of humour and I think that’s probably the biggest thing that has kept me going,” Roberts said. “I’ve just always eaten healthy. Just plain good luck, I think.”

The eldest resident of Haliburton’s Parklane Apartments, Roberts celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by dozens of friends and family Feb. 23.

Roberts, who’s always been a homemaker, said she appreciated her birthday visitors.

“I’m quite honoured to think that everybody’s making such an effort to come and see me.”


Family across generations gathered to celebrate the occasion. Roberts’ daughter, Patricia Allen, as well as many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren attended.

Granddaughter Katharine Leaman said Roberts is someone who doesn’t pull any punches but always speaks to family with humour and lots of love.

“She’s as real as they get. She’s her own woman,” Leaman said. “She’s always reminded me of the fairy godmother in Cinderella … she’s had quite a life, she’s quite a character and she’s a big part of the family.”

Allen said her mother has always been generous. She noted her mother’s wish to have donations for the food bank in lieu of cards or gifts for her birthday. Allen added her mother has been her biggest supporter.

“I personally cannot imagine what it would be like to lose her,” Allen said. “She’s just always been there.”

Debra Wenge, an extended family member, called Roberts an inspiration.

“That life is pretty special and when you can go on like this at 100 years, pretty much have your mind with you, just a real inspiration,” Wenge said.

Roberts said she is working through her third bout with cancer. She added there has been “nothing spectacular” about her life, but it’s been a good one.

“You can either be glum or you can be happy,” Roberts said. “I choose to be happy. I’m very grateful to everybody that’s making such an effort to make my day so special.”

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