Wholesome living for 100 happy years

BIRTHDAY GIRL: Myrtle Todd celebrated her 100th birthday at St Joseph Nursing Home in Lismore.
BIRTHDAY GIRL: Myrtle Todd celebrated her 100th birthday at St Joseph Nursing Home in Lismore. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

DESPITE turning 100 yesterday, Myrtle Todd says she feels decades younger.

"I know I'm 100 but I don't feel 100, I only feel like I'm in my late 60s," the spritely centenarian said.

Mrs Todd put the secret of her longevity down to watching what she ate, not smoking or drinking, working hard and being a committed Christian.

"A bit of hard work never killed anybody...working has always been a big thing for me. I have never tasted a cigarette, or a strong drink, so I'm proof you can live without them," she said. 

Born in Sydney, Mrs Todd spent her early years growing up on a dairy farm near Canberra.

"As a child I enjoyed farming and milking, I used to milk cows from the age of 11 on. That's why my hands are so good today," she joked.

A Salvation Army home league secretary for 40 years, and a Sunday school teacher during the Second World War, Mrs Todd dedicated much of her life to helping her church.

"I still go to church except when I'm too sick to go," she said.

"I love my worship; it's been a big part of my life." Famous for growing roses at her house, Mrs Todd said she loved having her room at Lismore's St Josephs nursing home filled with flowers yesterday.

"Everybody who came to our house and saw our roses said how beautiful they were." Mrs Todd said she was yet to read the letters of congratulations she received from the Queen and Prime Minister Abbott.



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