Card for 100th welcomed

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When it comes to wishes, Wanaka centenarian Barbara Cruickshank had a special one come true this week when a birthday card from the Queen arrived in time for her 100th birthday celebrations.
Surrounded by about 30 friends and family, Mrs Cruickshank, who turned 100 on Tuesday, was the life of the party at Elmslie House, where she has lived since 2008.
Mrs Cruickshank, who was born in Liverpool on July 5, 1916, travelled on the ship Iconic to New Zealand in 1923 with her four siblings and her parents, Julianne Ryan and Henry Hunt Manson.
Mrs Cruickshank said she went to school at St Joseph’s in Queenstown and she remembered planting pine trees on Queenstown Hill.
After leaving school, she worked at Coronet Peak Station before moving to Invercargill and later Mataura, where she met her future husband, Cyril Cruickshank.
The couple had two children, Brenda and Gary, and later moved to Invercargill, where Mrs Cruickshank worked at Southland Hospital for many years.
Her husband died in 1980 and in 1987 she suffered a stroke that affected her left side.
Her granddaughter Toni Maguire, of Wanaka, told The News her grandmother was ‘‘fiercely independent’’ and an avid reader who loved to docrossword puzzles.
‘‘She doesn’t even use a dictionary,’’ Mrs Maguire said.
‘‘She has a lively spirit, and loves a good laugh.’’
Mrs Cruickshank said she loved scrapbooking and making jewellery but held no secrets about her longevity.