ECA Review Reporter
A Hardisty woman had 100 reasons to smile last week as family and friends gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Nettie Johnston emigrated from England in 1927 at the age of eight, and raised a family of six in both Battle Bend and Hardisty. She was active in the community, teaching piano and as the organist at the Anglican church for nearly 40 years. According to her son-in-law Bud Bargholz, Nettie and her husband Jim are responsible for 97 offspring.
The celebration was held at Hardisty hospital where she has been a long-term care resident for the past eight years. A large crowd of relatives and friends from across Alberta celebrated with Nettie, who enjoyed birthday cake and beautiful bouquets of flowers from well-wishers.
Providing their congratulations to Nettie in letters included Queen Elizabeth II, the Prime Minister and the Governor General.