100-years-young: Nanaimo woman reflects on lifetime of change – Nanaimo News NOW

December 18th, 2019 7:44 pm

Church was born in England and grew up in post-war London. As a child, she took to the water early.

I was a swimmer, Church said. I had a chance to train for the 1940 Olympic team but the war came along and they cancelled everything so that was the end of that.

She worked at Cambridge University during the second world war as a stenographer and met her future husband Harry, a Canadian soldier.

Harry returned to Canada in 1944, while Jessica followed two years later. The pair built a life in Thunder Bay Ont, before moving out west to Vancouver, Victoria and finally Parksville.

(Thunder Bay) was too darn cold so I said to my husband that we have to move down the coastits like English weather, Church said.

The two raised five children, a daughter and four sons. Church also worked for the Canadian government in a security and investigative role.

Church said the world has immeasurably changed in her time and was at wonder about the development of technology.

When we were in England when I was growing up, all we had was a radio, nothing else. No TV, no computers, no nothingjust a radio, Church said.

Church is a 17-year resident of Buttertubs Place and spends her time painting flowers and gardening.

She added the simplest advice she can give on living life to its fullest was to take it easy, take things in stride and dont get upset.


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