Clipped From The Chilliwack Progress
Into a second century Edith Crispin isn't just 100 years old. She's exactly 100 years and 10 days old today (October 17). Ms. Crispin was born in Alliston, Ontario, on October 7, 1904. Her family moved to Moose Jaw when she was about four, then to their homestead in The Prairies around 1910. The homestead was near Regina in what was then the Northwest Territories as Saskatchewan did not yet exist. Now that Ms. Crispin is living in Chilliwack, the Lynnwood Retirement Home marked the century milestone on her actual 100th birthday October 7. Family and friends held a second party on October 9. "Edith bought a new car three years ago so her grandkids can take her out," says Lynnwood community relations coordinator, Margaret Kostrzewa. "And she learning to play games on the computer her son gave her." In fact, although she's been long retired, Ms. Crispin is far from retiring. "She's an avid bridge player, physically active and mentally very with it," granddaughter Terry Checkley testifies. "I attribute her longevity to her common sense. She's never smoked. She enjoys a glass of wine but never overdoes it and she's always been a doer." The now centenarian has long been an artist working first in pen and ink and then moving on to oil painting. At one point she worked for B.C. Tel. Her late husband, Roy Crispin, was a Jack of all trades who fished, travelled, made cabinets and, as a hobby, made wine. The couple couple had two sons and a daughter. Their descen-dents descen-dents descen-dents include six grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. greatgrandchildren. At the family gathering Ms. Crispin met her sixth great-great-grandchild great-great-grandchild great-great-grandchild great-great-grandchild great-great-grandchild a five-day-old five-day-old five-day-old five-day-old five-day-old boy. There are also five step-great-grandchildren step-great-grandchildren step-great-grandchildren step-great-grandchildren step-great-grandchildren and their children within the family. "Edith is my role model and a great person to go shopping with," Ms. Checkley says. "She has great taste and tells you if an article of clothing doesn't look right. The only problem is ... the two of us manage to spend a lot of money together."