Hariette, 101,stays young by never talking about her age
By SHAN GOODWIN
WANT to live to 101?
Try Hariette Turner's recipe for a long life: Add plenty of butter to your cooking, be nice to everyone and never talk about your age.
In fact, Hariette was so secretive about her age it was only in the past couple of months her family discovered her true age.
"We were gearing up for the big 100th birthday," says daughter Patricia Fairs, of South Lismore. "I sent off for her birth certificate and when it came back we found out she was 100 last year!"
What did Hariette have to say about that?
"Well, I never talk about my age. It's not the right thing to do. I'm turning 21, if you must know," she laughed.
"It's good to have everyone think you are younger than you are."
Hariette yesterday celebrated her 101st birthday at the Uniting Care Caroona Jarman Hostel, where she has lived for the past two years.
She spent most of her life on the South Coast before retiring to Tenterfield. It was the country living that inspired her to obtain her driver's licence when she was 80 ? after a 50-year break from driving.
It was only four years ago that Hariette decided to hand in the keys to her treasured Holden Gemini.
Driving is a breeze in your later years, she said. "As long as you know where you're going," she said.