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105 years of living wisdom for Lottie Hurford

GYMPIE'S Lottie Hurford knows a thing or two about longevity after turning 105 on New Year's Eve.

The key to a long life, according to Lottie, is nothing too surprising.

Good food, no alcohol, no take-away and no smoking are pieces of advice any good doctor would recommend.

But Lottie says there is more behind her 105 years and counting.

"No swearing, hard work and willpower," she said yesterday from her daughter Phyllis' Southside residence.

"A lot of it is in the mind and how you think about things," a sprightly Lottie said.

"And genes," Phyllis added with a big smile.

"Yes, those too," Lottie said.

At 105, Lottie lives with her daughter on the Southside and is refusing to slow down.

The birthday girl celebrated 105 years at the Gympie RSL on New Year's Eve with a celebration organised by friends from Gympie's Oxford Crest Retirement Village.

Lottie had spent five years at the retirement village before moving in with her daughter about three years ago.

It was a combined celebration for Lottie, celebrating her birthday and the approaching end of another year.

BIRTHDAY GIRL: Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Hurford celebrated her 105th birthday on December 31, 2014. In the background is a portrait of Lottie’s wedding day to husband Phillip on July 22, 1931.
BIRTHDAY GIRL: Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Hurford celebrated her 105th birthday on December 31, 2014. In the background is a portrait of Lottie’s wedding day to husband Phillip on July 22, 1931. Greg Miller

Anyone who has kept a close eye on The Gympie Times' weekly bowls page would instantly recognise Lottie's name.

Lottie loves bowls, playing indoors almost daily and in both Gympie and Pomona, and her natural knack for the game means she often wins.

The avid bowler turns heads when she takes to the mat, still getting down on one knee unaided to release her bowl.

The secret, she said, was in how you held the bowl, before demonstrating with her fist and subtle flick.

"She's very competitive," Phyllis said of her energetic mother.

Lottie agreed without a word; a cheeky grin on her face saying it all while in the background from her chair in the kitchen was a cabinet overflowing with trophies.

As Queensland bowls' oldest player, Lottie said bowls was about "friendship and kindness".

A big day of birthday celebrations meant Lottie had an early night New Year's Eve, but she was not too worried pointing out the new year would wait for her in the morning.

Lottie was the fourth daughter of Henry and Charlotte Latham and was born on December 1909 at Broadmeadows, New South Wales.

Gympie Times

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