As a woman who actively dances, exercises and quilts, it’s hard to imagine Sarah Pouteaux is turning 100.
“There’s one thing about growing old. Your memory’s not the same as it used to be,” said Pouteaux, a resident at Chateau St. Michael’s, which also turns 100 this year. “(I made it to 100 because of) the wonderful, loving grace and mercy of our wonderful God.”
Pouteaux was born on Dec. 10, 1912, near the present site of the Village of Shamrock, north of Hodgeville. She married her husband Arthur on Nov. 24, 1939, inheriting two stepchildren. Together, they had three additional children; she has 19 grandchildren and plenty of great-grandchildren too.
She and her husband ran a farm, and Pouteaux said she loved to garden and help with farm work. Her husband died in December of 1972 and she moved to Moose Jaw four or five years later.
Her eldest daughter, Iris McNeill of Shamrock, said about 75 family relatives were coming down for a family supper and birthday party on Saturday.
Even to this day, Pouteaux exercises on a regular basis.
“The one day I walked in and I asked her if she wanted to come down for exercises and she said, ‘Do you think I need exercise?’” said Leeann Sweers, recreation director at Chateau St. Michael’s. “She laid down on her back and put her feet behind her head and touched the ground. This was about four months ago.”
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