Galway-born nun celebrates 109th birthday in New Jersey convent
Sister Mary Victor Waters lived through Easter Rising, Irish independence and world wars
The report adds she takes no medicine, gets around in a wheelchair and wears two hearing aids.
The website says that more than 100 years after learning to crochet using hairpins, she gave up that craft a few months ago. “I have no sight in one eye,” she said by way of explanation, “but the other eye is fine.”
Sister Angela Power, 83, helps Sister Victor with her correspondence. She said: “It’s a wonder how she still communicates with the sisters, even with her deafness. Sister Victor attends prayers and Mass every day.
Asked about her birthday, Sister Victor allowed that she could do without the fuss.
She said: “I’d be just as pleased if they forgot about my birthday.”
Asked why she has lived so long, Sister Victor said: “I have to take what comes. I’m happy with what the Lord sends me.”
Sister Beatrice Sobolewski, 68, has her own theories and said: “She was a hard worker. She was out there in the trenches. She’s a wonderful inspiration for all of us because she is so upbeat.”
Asked if she was afraid to die, Sister Victor responded: “Why should I be? We all have to die. You’ll have to die.”
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