Prince Albert residents reach milestone birthday

Jodi Schellenberg
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It was a joyous occasion for two Prince Albert residents.

Laura Silverton tries to blow out her birthday candle on the cake while Floyd Trusty watches on Monday during their joint 102nd birthday party.

Floyd Trusty and Laura Silverton both turned 102 years old this month and shared a birthday party at Carment Court in Prince Albert on Monday.

“It is (a milestone),” Silverton said. “I never thought I’d make it but my health has been good, so I can’t complain.”

Silverton is not originally from Prince Albert, but has lived in the city for about nine years -- she moved here from North Battleford, where she lived for 30 years.

“I was married twice -- my first husband passed away in 1956 and I remarried in 1960,” she said. “He passed away in 1967. I had a son and a daughter.”

Her daughter was in town to celebrate her birthday but her son lives in Calgary and was unable to make on Monday.

Trusty, on the other hand, was born in Shellbrook, so he has lived in the area for almost his entire life.

“When I was 18, I went way, way up to Canwood to work and I stayed there for the rest of my life farming,” Trusty said.

“I went overseas for about five years and then came back to the farm -- I didn’t know any better,” he laughed.

He moved to Prince Albert for his wife, who wanted to be off the farm.

“Out on the farm, I would have been OK, but she was crippled,” Trusty said. “She would look out the window and that’s all she would see every day. Here, there is more activity. She passed on a few years ago but I’ve been fortunate.”

Trusty’s son and daughter-in-law were in attendance to wish him a happy birthday.

Both Silverton and Trusty are both in excellent health, not just for 102-year-olds.

“God’s been good to me and I say that not just as lip service,” Trusty said. “He has been good to me. I don’t take any medications and I don’t need to. If you excuse my absent-mindedness, I’m OK.”

Although they are both in good health, neither believes there is a secret to long life.

“I don’t really know if there is any secret to it, I’m just lucky to have good health,” Silverton said.

Keeping busy at 102 is not too much of a challenge. Silverton said there is a lot of entertainment to be had at the seniors’ home she currently lives in and she plays a lot of cribbage.

“I feel just the same as I did when I was a lot younger, I guess. I get around quite well -- I have a walker and of course it is quite easy getting around with that,” Silverton said. “The senior’s home where I live, we get our meals provided and everything, so I don’t have to worry about too much of anything.”

Trusty has a good sense of humour about how he spends his days.

“It doesn’t take to too much (to stay busy),” he joked. “You go to tell a story and it takes half an hour, where you could say it in three or four words.”

Both have lived full lives and have made lots of good memories with family and friends.

Even Mayor Greg Dionne was on hand to wish the two 102-year-olds a happy birthday.

“Why it is important that we celebrate these milestones is they are history -- history and knowledge,” he said. “We can never forget our past. As I tell our kids, you’ve got to know where you’ve been before you know where you are going.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, Carment Court

Geographic location: North Battleford, Calgary, Shellbrook Canwood

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  • Terry& Susan Small
    August 26, 2014 - 16:14

    Happy Birthday Floyd, you look wonderful. Enjoyed working with you those last year while in P.A. Terry Small

  • Terry& Susan Small
    August 26, 2014 - 16:09

    Happy Birthday Floyd, you look wonderful. Enjoyed working with you those last year while in P.A. Terry Small