Party hats were in order at the local Pioneer Lodge retirement home on Friday, as Lloydminster’s own Eileen Awcock turned 102 years old.
“I’m not the type that loves parties and things like that,” Awcock said. “I like people, I love people, all different people.”
That’s why the 102-year-old celebrated the special occasion with the company of her friends, along with balloons and cake.
“In here, she loves it,” said daughter Jill Lakins. “Just such a good time. She’s got good friends in here.”
Lakins said her mother still enjoys socializing, exercising and attending various activities that Pioneer Lodge organizes for its residents.
Despite relying on a walker to mobilize, Awcock remains energetic and in good general health, though her eyesight has begun to decline, according to Lakins.
Awcock moved to Canada from England and settled in Lloydminster in the late-1980s after her husband passed away. Of her two not-so-young- anymore children, her son still resides in the United Kingdom, while Lakins lives in Lloydminster.
In addition to raising a family, Awcock devoted much of her life to volunteer work. As a member of the Women’s Voluntary Service during the war years, she built stoves and wound up receiving a medal for her work. After moving to Lloydminster, she continued volunteering and has seen her work recognized by multiple organizations. One group named her its Citizen of the Year for her contributions.
As for how to live as long as she has, Awcock advised, “Do what you can for other people and eat good, healthy food.”