Nelson Leader : March 14th 2013
8 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 14, 2013 NEWS Think ahead And improve your skills for Community Living Community Living Training Schemes > Learn skills for life > Have fun > Make friends > Prepare for further study Course Options > Preparation for Independent Living STARTS: March 2013 CAMPUS: Nelson DURATION: Two days a week >> ENROL NOW Please contact: Claire Keenan Programme Area Leader 546 9175 ext 744 R Mi C di ti T t > nt Living Preparation for Independen > oducti oduction Performance and Media Pro Pro Ron Main Ro n Co-ordinating Tutor 546 9175 ext 667 COME AND JOIN OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL, TWITTER AND FACEBOOK PAGE, SEARCH NMIT See nmit.ac.nz Search keywords: Community Living or call 0800 422 733 for more information COME AND JOIN OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL, TWITTER AND FACEBOOK PAGE, SEARCH NMIT See nmit.ac.nz Search keywords: Vocational Skills or call 0800 422 733 for more information And improve your skills for employment Think ahead Community Living Training Schemes > Learn skills for life > Have fun > Make friends > Prepare for further study Course Options > Preparation for Independent Living > Performance and Media Production STARTS: March 2013 CAMPUS: Nelson DURATION: Two days a week >> ENROL NOW Please contact: Claire Keenan Programme Area Leader 546 9175 ext 744 Ron Main Co-ordinating Tutor 546 9175 ext 667 5237955AA Trudie's century marked with family By SIMON BLOOMBERG Happy hundred: Stillwater Gardens Retirement Village resident Trudie Luff celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday. Photo: SIMON BLOOMBERG There must have been some- thing in the punch when Trudie Luff got married. Trudie celebrated her 100th birthday at Stillwater Gardens Retirement Village in Richmond last Friday. The third of four children, she was born in West- port on March 8, 1913 and mar- ried Bill Luff in 1935 -- the couple had four children. Incredibly Trudie's bridesmaid and lifelong friend Jean Burrows is still living in Westport, aged 106. Trudie said she kept in touch with Jean and talked about old times. However, Trudie said her lon- gevity had nothing to do with the punch at her wedding, explaining that it was a result of being raised by parents who taught her to do the right thing''. They were in the Salvation Army and we had a very good upbringing. There was no swearing, drinking or smoking in our household.'' Trudie said she maintained those ideals when she was raising her own family, with the excep- tion of the occasional brandy for medicinal purposes only''. Trudie started her married life helping Bill run his plumbing business in Westport, before the couple brought a dairy farm in Barrytown in 1948. They subsequently moved to Motueka and then Stoke where they grew tomatoes commercially on Maitland Ave before retiring to a home in Tarata St. Trudie said working long hard days and raising a family were simply part of life back then''. It was very busy but you just had to cope,'' she said. When Bill passed away in 2004, it ended a long and happy marriage. I can hardly remember them ever being apart,'' Trudie's daugh- ter Marilyn Denton said. They enjoyed camping in mobile vans, they spent many trips gold panning in the Lyell and other places -- they loved exploring the remote areas.'' However, Marilyn said her parent's marriage got off to a scratchy start when they spent their honeymoon in a cabin at Utopia. Their first night was very rest- less as the cabin was badly infes- ted with fleas. The next day Bill managed to eradicate the beasts so they were able to enjoy the rest of their stay.'' Marilyn said like many West Coasters, her mother was raised to be resilient and resourceful. During these early days things were tough, Trudie helped Bill build tin baths at home on the back lawn as an extra income,'' Marilyn said. She always kept herself busy making her famous coathangers and knitting and crocheting knee rugs for the old folks in the rest homes. She even received the Nelson City Mayor's Monthly Bouquet for her efforts. Trudie has also been a long- time member of the Country Women's Institute after joining at Barrytown. She was well recogn- ised for her expertise in the craft, baking and floral competitions, often winning the shield for the most points for the year. Trudie celebrated her birthday with family and friends at Still- water. She has 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
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