Happy 105th birthday to Annie Scott
ANNIE Agnes Scott has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, the moon landing, the Cold War, a new millennium and she's still got a twinkle in her eye.
Annie, known as "Nana”, celebrated her 105th birthday last week in Taroom's Leichhardt Villa surrounded by generations of family, friends and fellow residents.
As her daughter Joan Cogill, 81, said, there were plenty of them - Annie has lived her entire 105 years in the region.
"It (the party) was quite wonderful because she is amazing with her mind, her mind is wonderful,” Mrs Cogill said.
"She's a bit deaf but not too bad and she gets around quite well with a walker, and she can talk to you on any subject.”
Annie was born at Pine Grove, Taroom on March 5, 1914, to parents George and Eva Swain.
She married Bob Scott and raised their three children - Joan Cogill, Kathleen Harrison, and Patrick Scott - on their cattle property Glenleigh.
When Annie and Bob retired in the 1980s and moved into Taroom, Mrs Cogill's family took over Glenleigh.
"She's always been a worker, and she worked hard here, and in the old days she didn't have any of the mod cons,” Mrs Cogill said.
Annie's known for her wonderful green thumb, while also being an avid racing fan.
It seems the sport was a family endeavour.
"She owned a few race horses and she always loved to go to the races,” Mrs Cogill said. "Dad was a jockey and then my husband took over the training when we got married, we were always involved in the racing.” After Annie's husband Bob died in 1990, she continued to live in her home in Martin St with her son Patrick, until it burnt down in 2015.
Mrs Cogill said the fire started in the early hours one morning, and it was then Annie performed something of an extraordinary feat for a 101-year-old.
"She walked to a neighbour's place down the street - with no shoes on - with my brother to get the alarm out,” Mrs Cogill said.
"She did say to me 'if I could have put it out I'd have had a go at it'.”
Since then Annie and Patrick have been residents of Leichhardt Villa, and Mrs Cogill couldn't speak highly enough of the facility.
"She's been very, very well looked after in the villa,” she said. "They do a really good job there, the girls.”
As for Annie's wise words throughout the years, Mrs Cogill said one piece of her mother's advice stood out.
"Be true to yourself and just enjoy life.”
Annie now has three children, nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and three great-great- grandchildren.
Reflecting on the celebrations, Mrs Cogill said her mother was astonishing. "She's seen so much, she's seen the wars and then the man on the moon, and then all the technology now, she's seen such a lot in her life,” Mrs Cogill said.