Ruth Cornhill thought making it to 100 years of age would be “impossible.”
The Camden resident beat her own odds last Tuesday.
Mrs Cornhill celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family friends at the Carrington Aged Care facility.
She was proud to wear a special tiara to celebrate the big milestone.
“I didn’t think I would live to this age,” she said.
“To everyone who knows me, please don’t buy me any presents, I would be happy with some hugs and kisses from family and friends. That will do.”
Mrs Cornhill was born in London before moving to Australia after she met her husband, Ernest Clifton ‘Cliffy’ Cornhill.
The Cornhills were married in a registry office in Lymington, England on July 28, 1938.
“My fondest memory of growing up was spending weekend visits with a local shepherd who taught me how to recite the alphabet backwards – which I still know how to do,” she said.
“I also have three children named Richard who is 78, Rita who is 77 and John who is 75.”
Mrs Cornhill said she loved living in Camden.
“I love all of the beautiful country scenery,” she said.
In her spare time, Mrs Cornhill said she partically enjoyed knitting, painting and spending time with her family.
She said the secret to reaching 100 years of age was simple.
”Hard work, no drinking and no smoking.”