106 Woman Pizza
November 9, 2011 by staff
That is unless you think fries, pizza and sweets are the key to longevity.
“She loves sweets. She never drank water. She still doesn’t like water. And she loves pizza and fries,” her daughter Marie Cheeseman told the Toronto Star Tuesday.
Moores couldn’t come to the phone because she is extremely hard of hearing. But other than that she’s as right as rain. The only pill she takes is for her arthritis, which flares up now and again.
She lives in her hometown of Rushoon, N.L. — about 275 kilometres west of St. John’s — with her daughter Marie, 65, the last surviving child of four girls. Her husband Art died when he was 90 more than 19 years ago. They were together for 67 years.
“Since she turned 99 we have had a party every year. It’s a big deal,” Cheeseman told.
Big deal, indeed.
When Moores was born on Nov. 5, 1905, Newfoundland would not become a part of Confederation for another 44 years. Cars were still something in the future and space travel was science fiction.
“She always says ‘What is the world coming to? Then again, she will say ‘I don’t know if it is for the good for the bad,’” Cheeseman said.
Moores laments that technology has overtaken the down home life in Newfoundland, as it has elsewhere. “People back then visited a lot more. She says nobody visits now because there is too much technology,” her daughter says.
Moores has yet to touch a computer or even fly on a plane. The only time she left Rushoon for any length of time was when she went to St. John’s for three years when she was 17 to be a house maid.
Cheeseman says if mom credits anything for her years it’s probably hard work.
“She really worked hard when she was young and she says she’s really got good times now. But then, too, she had tremendous faith, courage and a sense of humour, despite all the tragedies in her life,” she said, adding that back in the day life on The Rock was not easy.
“Back in her day when mom was growing up . . . it was very poor times. They had to grow all their vegetables and they had their meat in the winter . . . their salt beef and salt pork,” she said.
And by the way, Moores eschewed smoking and drinking.
Moores has got a ways to go to catch up to Canada’s oldest woman, Vancouver’s Sum Ying Fung who celebrated her 112th birthday in January. But then again she’s not sure she wants to hang around that long.
“Mom will say ‘Oh my, I wish I was gone now. I don’t know what he (God) is keeping me here for.’ She says she will go ‘whenever he wants me,’” Cheeseman said.
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