Margaret Bennet celebrated her 105th birthday in Sidney on Wednesday, June 14. Her three daughters all agree that over the years, their mother’s sense of style has never faded. (Alisa Howlett/News staff)

This Sidney resident just blew out 105 birthday cake candles

Atop Margaret Bennet’s birthday cake flickered three candles: the number one, zero and five. At her age of 105, the actual number of candles becomes cumbersome.

Bennet, a Sidney resident, turned 105 on Wednesday, June 14 and celebrated with her family and friends at her Sidney Care Home residence on Fifth Street.

Bennet’s three daughters – Roberta Manzini, Jean Jones and Karen Anderson – came to town for the special occasion. And almost all the residents of the Home – over 50 – filled the party room for cake, social, music and dancing. The party was happening.

Bennet – donning a long, silky turquoise dress, matching turquoise earrings, a mink stole and bright red nail polish – sat front row smiling and clapping along to the live music of the dynamic duo Rosie and Corinne who entertain with familiar songs.

“Everyday’s a good day. I lead a good life,” Bennet says just barely above the noise of her own party. “I’ve always tried to live a good life.”

Manzini, 76, says they almost lost Bennet when she was 89 after she fell and broke her hip, but even that didn’t stop Bennet from going on a cruise nearly six months later and dancing in a chariot.

When it comes to her longevity, Bennet says she only has one secret.

“I always pray to God for everything; God always helps me,” she says.

Diet wise, Jones, 74, says her mother has always been a “sensible eater,” but these days she mostly eats mashed potatoes and Ensure, a protein supplement drink. She also has a small sip of wine each day at happy hour, says Anderson, 70, who lives closest to her mother and sees her more often.

Bennet’s daughters all say she is very healthy, despite two hip breaks and a recent foot infection. Manzini says her mother wore stilettos right until 89; but after her fall, Anderson was forced to throw them out, something she says with a laugh, her mother has never forgiven her for.

Over the years, Bennet’s sense of style hasn’t faded. In fact, she made the dress she wore at her party and one of her daughter’s said she almost wouldn’t leave her room until she found her other matching earring.

Myrna Fox, the recreational director at Sidney Care Home, sees Bennet on a daily basis.

“This morning she did exercises, she’s good at answering trivia questions,” says Fox. “She can even still wheel herself in her wheelchair.”

Jones mentions her mother still has a competitve side.

“She loves playing games, she especially loves winning,” Jones says, adding that her mother is an inspriration.

Andersonadds her mother’s strength has been incredible. Until four years ago, Bennet lived on her own.

“She once told the doctor she’s part animal. She said she’s as healthy as a horse, as strong as an ox and as stubborn as a mule,” Anderson says laughing.

As for Bennet, she has one goal: to celebrate her 107th birthday. Bennet’s daughters say she had an aunt who lived to be that age and their mother wants to, too.

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Susan Simmons begins a 24-hour swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

The MS Athlete and ultra-marathon swimmer wants to be the first person to make the journey

New Victoria mayoral candidate, three more council candidates step forward

Four people from jump into the race for the Oct. 2018 municipal election

PHOTOS: Tour de Victoria takes off

1,800 cyclists took off in the Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria for a city-wide loop

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Oak Bay brothers scoop 10 kg of poop from park paths in 30 mins

Family picks up dog poo to give back, inspire others to be more responsible

Five things to do in Greater Victoria this weekend

Puppy yoga, horses, cars, water guns and more make up this weekend’s list of events to see

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Most Read