May 7, 2019 8:36 pm
Updated: May 8, 2019 9:45 am

West Kelowna woman celebrates 109th birthday

Watch: After witnessing more than a century of change, Alice Loughlin, 109, has learned to take life in stride.


As she paged through a photo album in her West Kelowna basement suite, it was clear Alice Loughlin’s childhood memories go back further than most.

The West Kelowna woman turned 109 on Tuesday.

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After serving as a registered nurse and raising nine children, Loughlin said a “book isn’t long enough” to list all the changes she’s seen.

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“A lot of them aren’t happy. However, that’s life,” Loughlin said.

The centenarian’s advice for future generations is to “take every day as it comes.”

“I don’t know any recipe except [to] enjoy [life]. It’s a wonderful world,” Loughlin said.

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Her children joke that Loughlin has enjoyed such a long life because she had good children and lots of coffee.

“Think about it: 109-years-old and still fully aware of all her faculties and able to speak about 100-years-ago like it was yesterday. Not many people can do that at 60,” said James Loughlin, Alice’s son.

“That’s pretty amazing.”

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The family is planning to celebrate the milestone by eating food Loughlin enjoys: cake and Chinese food.

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