Jean Montgomery (seated) celebrated her 99th birthday last week with friends at the Williams Lake Seniors Centre.

Jean Montgomery (seated) celebrated her 99th birthday last week with friends at the Williams Lake Seniors Centre.

Williams Lake resident celebrates 99th birthday

Jean Montgomery turned 99 this past Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Tara Sprickerhoff

Tribune Staff Writer

Jean Montgomery (sitting) turned 99 this past Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Friends at the Seniors Centre where she volunteered for many years, celebrated her birthday —one of many celebrations during the week for Montgomery.

Her friends say “she loves to party.”

Montgomery moved to the area from Manitoba in 1946, to Hydraulic, near Likely, where she met and soon married her late husbandd Joe Prior.

Of turning 99, Montgomery says merely, “It feels okay. I’ve slowed down quite a bit.”

Her friends scoff at this.

“She’s in better health than some of the rest of us,” says her friend Kay Mellish.

Montgomery still lives independently, in an apartment where the bathroom is up a flight of stairs and the laundry is down a flight of stairs.

“She’s been an inspiration to the rest of us to not complain about going up some stairs,” says Mellish.

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