Happy (belated) 104th b-day, Olive!

By Geoff Lee

June 7, 2016 5:00 AM

Tulliby Lake's Olive McArthur officially entered the ranks of Canada's most senior citizens.

It was a birthday party for one of the oldest persons in Canada, but it took awhile for the news to break.
Olive McArthur, from Tulliby Lake, turned 104 on March 31 with a cake and high fives from family and friends who wished her well.
Her 62 year-old son, Doug, who has hired full time caregivers for her, reported she plans to throw a few more parties in the years to come.
“She might have a little dementia, but sometimes she’s a little sharp too,” he said with a laugh.
“Her memory is not too good but she eats—and no pills.”
There were no letters of congratulations for Olive from the premier, the prime minister or the Queen when Olive turned 100 and none for her latest birthday milestone either.
However, there were about 30 people on hand to applaud and marvel at her longevity,  including her
other son, Thomas, and his extended family from Edmonton.
Olive’s neighbour and volunteer helper, Barb Rowe, who tipped the Source to the story said, “She was just so happy because everyone came to celebrate with her.”
Rowe added Olive is also quite independent for a 104 year-old.
“I will tell you what, she doesn’t wear Depends and she’s on no medication, can you imagine,” she said with a laugh.
“She is in a wheelchair—she had paralysis as a young child, but she pulls herself out of bed—she’s pretty amazing.”
Professional caregiver Rhonda Jenkins, who attends to Olive four days a week, said all of the neighbours at the party were amazed by her age.
“They all remembered her when she was spry.”
Jenkins’ mom, Leona Durocher, takes care of Olive two days a week with a home care worker filling in the other day of the week.
Olive was born and raised in Fort William, Ont.—now called Thunder Bay—and is where she met her husband, Colin McArthur.
Colin was born in England, but farmed full time in Alberta after emigrating to Canada in 1922. 
According to Doug, his dad worked winters at a pulp mill in Thunder Bay where the couple met and married.
The newlyweds headed back out west to Colin’s farm in Tulliby Lake in 1947 and had three sons Doug, Thomas and William, who died in 2014.
The rest is history until Olive turns 105.

More News

LCSD hosts archbishop

The Lloydminster Catholic School Division (LCSD) had a special guest this week, as Archbishop Richard Smith toured multiple schools. more »

Falk talks first session in House of Commons

Battlefords-Lloydminster member of Parliament Rosemarie Falk is back in her constituency for the summer. She held a summer office open house this week for people to have a tour, drop by for a conversation,… more »

Health council opens channels

We have your back on healthcare. That’s what the Yellowhead East Health Advisory Council (HAC) told local and area residents during its latest meeting at the Lloydminster Hospital on June 20. more »

more »