No drinking or smoking is key to long life: 100 year old
AGNES Mary Cook has lived through two World Wars, she once witnessed a plane crash on her farm in Biggenden and survived a cyclone in 1917.
Mrs Cook, who celebrates her 100th birthday on Monday, says she has enough stories to fill the Chronicle.
"You wouldn't have enough pages for the stories I could tell," she jokes.
Her 100 years may have taken her around Australia, however Mrs Cook was born in Maryborough in 1914 and returned to the area 25 years ago.
While she spends much of her time in her tidy Maryborough home doing needlework, Mrs Cook will celebrate her birthday among friends and family which include her four children, 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs Cook says the key to a long life is not to drink or smoke and to live a natural, innocent life like they did in the old days.
"I remember my grandmother used to say, 'I don't know what the young generation are coming to'," she said.
"Now I find I'm saying the same thing."