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Myrla Murray joins exclusive club for 100-year olds
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This Groundhog Day is going to be extra special for a resident of Carveth Retirement Lodge.

“When it’s Groundhog Day, think of me,” says Myrla Murray with a smile.

Sitting in a recliner chair in the home’s lobby, Myrla seems happy on this cold winter morning in late January 2024. Before stopping to talk, she was enjoying a game of Snakes and Ladders with recreation staff and two fellow residents.

“I’ve outlived a lot of groundhogs,” she says with laugh about her almost 100 years. “I’ve been lucky in life. I haven’t run into any catastrophes.”

Although Myrla credits her longevity to her active lifestyle, she speaks quietly when talking about the major milestone she’s about to reach on Feb. 2, 2024.

“I don’t know if I’m going to make it,” she says with an endearing honesty about her 100th birthday more than one-week away. “When you get to my age, it’s best to take one day at a time. Anything can happen at lightning speed.

“None of my family has lived that long,” she explains.

Seemingly healthy both physically and mentally, Myrla smiles at her joke that feels slightly true. She acknowledges that she misses her youth. “You kind of remember your active days and you hate being old.”

Born in 1924, Myrla retired in 1987 after 41 years as a nurse. She has six children, eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. When she arrived at Carveth Retirement Lodge more than two years ago, she immediately began attending the activities and programs; evidence she practices what she preaches.

“It’s best to stay busy and active,” says Myrla about the secret to her long life. “It’s not healthy to retire and then sit in a chair. It’s better to go from full-time to part-time work to ease into retirement. There’s plenty to do and it’s best to join something.”


When she’s not playing bingo or enjoying the live music at the home, Myrla likes to knit and read.

“I do some reading,” she notes. “But my eyes aren’t as good as they were.”

Speaking on behalf of the home, Lodge Manager Phyllis Lorbetskie says, “Myrla is a pleasant person who is active in almost everything here. She can always be found at the live musical performances, bingo and exercises. We are delighted to celebrate her 100th birthday on Feb. 2. She will be the sixth resident in our home over 100 which is wonderful.”

Asked about her life, Myrla admits she has accomplished her dreams and goals. She describes her only regret as working too much.

“If I had to do it over again, I probably wouldn’t work as many nights as I did,” she explains. “It’s hard on the body.”

She has this advice for people younger than her. “You shouldn’t take things too seriously in life. If you worry too much, you shorten your life. If things happen - they happen.”

Carveth Care Centre is happy to welcome its newest centenarian: Myrla Murray. We hope you enjoy your birthday party with friends and family in our Multipurpose Room on Saturday, Myrla! To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-382-4752.

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