With a corsage on her lapel, another one on her wrist and roses and cake around her, Winifred Greaves was the belle of the ball yesterday.
Greaves, who grew up near Elva, turned 108 years old, celebrating with family and friends at Dinsdale Personal Come Home.
The modest Greaves didn’t want a big celebration, but was all smiles as more than 40 people sang her "Happy Birthday."
"It’s pretty neat and it’s a special day," her nephew Resby Coutts said.
Letters of congratulations from the prime minister, premier, Governor General and lieutenant-governor streamed in. All of them were eager to wish her happy birthday next year.
Born to a family with nine other siblings — six girls and seven boys — Greaves went on to become a teacher.
She taught in many communities across Manitoba, including Melita, Treherne and Brandon.
She is the oldest living Manitoban receiving a retired teacher’s pension for a career that spanned 45 years.
"She still has spirit," Coutts said.
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