For most people, March 1 was simply the beginning of a new month, but for one Winnipeg woman, it was the culmination of a century.
Myrtle Margaret Matheson Nicholson, known by her loved ones to say, “I’m such a lucky lady,” turned 100 on Sunday.
Family, friends and neighbours gathered at the Fort Garry Hotel Feb. 29 to celebrate Myrtle’s milestone — the same hotel at which her wedding reception was held 76 years earlier.
Amid festive balloons and decorations, a tribute table showed pictures taken through the years, preserved in albums and printed books compiled by adoring family members.
The table also held letters of congratulation from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor General and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Known as Myrt, Mom, Auntie, Grandma Nic, GiGi and Mrs. N., Myrtle has three daughters, six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, as well as countless friends and neighbours who have grown to admire her smile and energy.
She was born in Winnipeg on March 1, 1920 and graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute. She first worked in her father’s store — Matheson Confectionary — before becoming a stenographer in the purchasing department at Winnipeg Electric.
Shortly after marrying in 1944, she and her husband Robert moved to Quebec, where they built a cherished cottage in the Eastern Townships.
Despite returning to Winnipeg in 1970, the family kept their cottage and continues to this day to gather there for holidays. Myrtle last visited in 2018 — the same year she moved out of her Westwood home of 48 years into a retirement residence.
Including Myrtle herself, there were 73 people attending the birthday event: her daughters, cousins and grandchildren and their respective spouses, as well as extended family, former neighbours and very close family friends.
Guests living outside of Winnipeg travelled from Victoria and Richmond, B.C.; Calgary; Toronto, Barrie and Fenwick, Ont.; and Lee River, Niverville, New Bothwell, Marquette and LaBroquerie West, Man.
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