Oamaru resident passes away aged 105

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The funeral for one of North Otago’s oldest residents, or maybe even the oldest, will be held today.

Ida Langley, aged 105, passed away on Monday at Rendell on Reed after spending her whole life in Oamaru.

Mrs Langley’s granddaughter Sue Bond said she was a clever person with a great sense of humour.

“She was funny…very family-orientated, a real people’s person.

“She was a really easy person to be around.”

Her grandmother had been heavily involved in the community through church, the RSA and bowls throughout her life and also loved to garden, Mrs Bond said.

Her great granddaughter, Shannon Bond, said she had a great garden and made lovely shortbread as well as being very witty.

“She was really clever, just in the last week she told Nan off for something.”

Mrs Langley was born Ida Lee in Oamaru on January 21, 1909. After marrying Jim Langley, she lived at her Don St house until she moved into Rendell on Reed when she turned 100.

Mrs Langley told the Oamaru Mail when she celebrated her 105th birthday earlier this year that she had not found the secret to a long life yet.

“I don’t know. I haven’t found it yet. Not many live to be 100 but I still like to get about and have fun.”

Mrs Langley’s late husband ran a hairdresser and tobacconist shop in Oamaru.

“Even though he was a tobacconist, I never smoked at all,” Mrs Langley told the Oamaru Mail.

Mr Langley operated the shop until the outbreak of World War 2. When he left for the war, he pinned a message on the door: “Gone to give Hitler a trim”.

On his return, he worked in the carpet section of the woollen mills in Oamaru.

Mrs Langley played tennis for the Wesley Club in her younger years and bowls for the Wesley Club later on. She said the town had grown so much since she was a young girl.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Caldwell, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mrs Langley’s life will be celebrated at the Union Parish Church at 1.30pm today.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN – Ida Langley, pictured with a card she received for her 105th birthday.