A century of celebration


January 18, 2014


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Laura Macaulay celebrates 100 years

Family came from far and wide to celebrate

(L-R) Jennifer, Larry & Mary Ellen, Tim, Jamie & Jennifier Lepage, Kathy & David Macaulay, Ryan Lepage, Bob & Jennifer Macaulay (seated) the birthday girl, Laura 'Toots' Macaulay and great grandchildren Cole & Clair Macaulay

Laura Macaulay cuts her birthday cake

Just looking at Laura 'Toots' Macaulay, it is hard to believe that she is 100 years old.  She's lively, witty and, on the occasion of her birthday celebration Saturday, January 18th (2014), was immaculately dressed in her favourite lavender as she hosted her centennial celebration.

It was a full house as people gathered at Hampton Court in Southampton to bring birthday wishes to the centenarian.

While it was a 'who's who' of Southampton, there were also four generations of Macaulay's family who traveled from as far away as North Carolina and Orillia, Ontario to take part in the celebration.

Many Southampton friends came with birthday wishes ...

... and Mayor Mike Smith, also born in Southampton, extended his warm wishes

Ron McMannis of Durham entertained residents and visitors throughout the afternoon

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Laura Macaulay and old friend Reverend Eleanor Russ

For many, it was also an afternoon filled with reminiscing and tales that spanned the 100 years of Macaulay's life. 

While she now lives in Southampton's 'Hampton Court' retirement home, it was also where Macaulay's daughter Mary Ellen and husband Larry Lepage held their own wedding reception many years ago when Hampton Court was a private residence.

Eleanor Edwards, Hugh Wright and Mayor Mike Smith stopped by

 To read more of Macaulay's long life  Click here

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