SWEARING is not a curse for Freda Hadley, in fact she reckons its the secret to her reaching 100.
The Wodonga widow celebrated her milestone yesterday with family and friends at the BUPA Aged Care Centre.
“I never smoked, I never drank, but I can swear,” Mrs Hadley said.
She actually never swore too much, but like everyone she would let off the occasional bomb to let off steam.
Her other piece of advice is simply to “go along with it”.
Mrs Hadley’s birthday is tomorrow, but a party was held yesterday with her family and friends.
The mother of two, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of 10, grew up in Tangambalanga, moving to a farm in Kiewa after marrying her husband John, who died in 1990.
She lived in Kiewa for 52 years, after which they sold the farm and moved to Wodonga in 1966.
Having been born during the onset of the World War I, Mrs Hadley has seen many things in her lifetime.
One memory she treasures is that of her sister Lizzy, who was a gifted pianist.
“At the end of the war, Lizzy put the piano on the horse dray, and rode up and down the street of Tangambalanga,” she said fondly.
She received letters from the Queen, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Victorian Premier Denis Napthine.