Sheila Hodgson had one big wish for 2020 - to get a birthday card from the Queen.
Last week that dream came true as Sheila celebrated her 100th birthday.
Sheila is a resident at CHT Glynavon, and celebrated with friends and family at Te Puke Citizens RSA.
She was born in Palmerston North on October 12, 1920. She has five children – Ann, Jennifer, Robbie, Les and Stanley and has enjoyed her life and work on the farm in Galatea with her husband Bob.
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The family moved to Te Puke about 50 years ago where Sheila has been involved in bowls, her church in Tauranga, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and doing orchard work.
In the 1980s, the couple worked packing and sorting kiwifruit and citrus for four years. Sheila loved working and saved up for a Mini car.
One of Sheila's loves is to write poetry and another is going to her church on Saturdays.
Sheila played bowls in Te Puke for many years, saying the game she loved took her all over the place to lots of tournaments.
She says hard work and faith have both contributed to her long life.
Sheila has called CHT Glynavon her home since 2017 and is happy and active socialising and getting involved in activities.