Birthdays are a special occasion, but when you get to celebrate a 100th Birthday, most would agree, it is an extra-special occasion.
Local, Mary Agnes Roberts celebrated her 100th Birthday on Monday, August 4, 2014.
On Saturday, August 2 a celebration with family, friends and special guests was held at the Princeton Baptist Church.
A presentation of Mary Agnes’ life was viewed via streamed photos with her son Len and daughter Muriel providing descriptions.
To receive her guests, Mary Agnes was seated at the front of the church with Cst. Anthony Pankratz dressed in his Red Serge on her left and Mayor Frank Armitage on her right. (She was quite pleased with this arrangement.)
During the photo presentation, son Len described his mother as “living through pantaloons to bikini’s, saddle oxfords to runners and being the Prayer Warrior for not only her family and friends, but for everyone she meets” If she has met you—she does pray for you.
He also said that her first bicycle had wooden rims and that Mary Agnes had witnessed the first television set to arrive in California.
Photo’s were also shown of her 100th Birthday wish being granted by her grandson, Tim Roberts.
Tim took his 100 year old grandmother on a motorcycle ride! She thought it was pretty awesome.
To honour this milestone, Mary Agnes was presented with some special birthday greetings.
Cst. Pankratz presented greetings from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and from John Horgan, leader of the B.C. NDP.
Mayor Frank Armitage presented congratulations and best wishes from Alex Atamanenko, Member of Parliament – British Columbia Southern Interior, Jackie Tegart, MLA for Fraser-Nicola as well as a bouquet and certificate on behalf of the Town of Princeton.
Friends and relatives took turns sharing stories about Mary Agnes and all had one thing in common to share. Their gratitude at Mary Agnes being a part of their lives, for her strength, happiness and dedication to praying for them. This incredible lady is most certainly not dubbed a “Prayer Warrior” for no reason.
After extending her thank you’s, Mary Agnes said, (as she does at the start of each day) “This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoyce in it and be glad. May the Lord bless you and keep you.”
With that, approximately 80 attendees were treated to food, cake and refreshments courtesy of the family and Coopers Foods.