Oamaru woman marks milestone

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Many Oamaruvians would be jealous of Caroline Frame and her recent celebration after she reached her 100th birthday yesterday.

Mrs Frame has been a resident of the Waitaki District since she was two years old, when her parents moved to Totara in 1916.

Family from overseas and throughout New Zealand came to Oamaru to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Mrs Frame celebrated in style, having a bit of down time with the family before attending an afternoon dinner at the Weston Hall.

Mrs Frame has had many different jobs here in North Otago, including working at the Northern Hotel, at Waitaki Boys’ High and at a lolly shop which no longer exists.

Mrs Frame was married to her husband James in 1939 at the Totara Church.

Despite being 100, she is showing no signs of slowing down.

“I always do the code crackers in the Oamaru Mail. They’re great fun,” she said.

Mrs Frame is likely to be one of the oldest people in New Zealand to know how to work an iPad.

“It holds all my photos of family on it,” she said.

Mrs Frame insisted that she wanted no gifts for her birthday.

Being one of the lucky people to reach the milestone, she received a card from the Governor General, Queen Elizabeth II, the Prime Minister and other well-known people.

Mrs Frame said she was asked by a friend if she was going to try and live to 200.

“No way,” she said. “Since I turned 90, my hearing, eye sight and taste have got worse. Imagine what they would be like at 200.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY