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NEWS: Celebrating a century of life

May 13th, 2016 · No Comments

PHOTO BY GEREMY BORDONARO: Anne Rowbotham, shown above with her daughter Laurel, celebrated her 104th birthday at the Annex Retirement Residence. Rowbotham, who may be the oldest member of the community, grew up in Markham and joined the residence two years ago.

PHOTO BY GEREMY BORDONARO: Anne Rowbotham, shown above with her daughter Laurel, celebrated her 104th birthday at the Annex Retirement Residence. Rowbotham, who may be the oldest member of the community, grew up in Markham and joined the residence two years ago.

By Geremy Bordonaro

Residents and staff of the Annex Retirement Residence on Spadina Road gathered for a special celebration on April 2: Anne Rowbotham’s 104th birthday.

Rowbotham, who moved into the Annex retirement home two years ago, is officially the oldest member of the home.

Rowbotham’s daughter Laurel showed a slide presentation featuring pictures taken throughout her life. Pictures from her travels, home life, and many celebrations graced the screen and showed the extent of Rowbotham’s achievements. Cake and refreshments were served, and a certificate from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulating her on this momentous occasion took pride of place.

Rowbotham was born on a farm outside Markham where she spent most of her childhood helping out on the farm. She worked as a teacher in a small one-room schoolhouse for three years before getting married and raising two children. She has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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