Monday, December 14, 2009
My Grandma David was in the newspaper...
Marking a century
The Royal City Record
Published: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Melva Halliday celebrated a pivotal birthday at Queen's Park Care Centre on Wednesday.She turned 100 on Dec. 9, and, to mark the special occasion, family and friends held a party for the centenarian. "She's a very tenacious and very independent woman," daughter-in-law Doreen Anderson says about Melva. Melva had been living on her own at her home in Sapperton up until three weeks ago. She loved her garden in Sapperton, where she grew flowers, vegetables and fruit - once even growing a kiwi vine that produced 400 kiwis. She also enjoys canning fruit and is an avid knitter. Today, Melva is staying at the care centre until she can move to a long-term facility. Melva has lived in New Westminster for 80 years. She was born on the North Shore, moving with her family to the Royal City when she was 15 in 1924.
The family settled in Sapperton, where Melva lived until she married her first husband, Harry Anderson. They raised their three sons in Queensborough. Harry was a First and Second World War veteran, who passed away in 1959. Melva returned to Sapperton when she married her second husband, David Halliday, in the 1970s.
Anderson says her mother-in-law, who has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, isn't surprised she's lived to 100. "I think she expected it," says Anderson. © The Record (New Westminster) 2009