ACCORDING to Connie Desbois the secret to a long life is never drinking or smoking.   

This afternoon Connie Desbois celebrated her 104th birthday with her children, grand children and 9 of her great grand children.  

Her son Clive Desbois was with her and said 'she used to do a lot of singing when she was young at weddings and plays and now she still sings."  

He said she's the eldest at the Francis of Assisi Home and she loves it there.   

Connie Desbois celebrates her 104th birthday with her great grandchildren Angus and Leo Donnelly, Ryan Desbois, Lily Donnelly with Vincent Desbois, Daniel Desbois, Jack Donnelly and Oliver and Bonnie Desbois
Connie Desbois celebrates her 104th birthday with her great grandchildren Angus and Leo Donnelly, Ryan Desbois, Lily Donnelly with Vincent Desbois, Daniel Desbois, Jack Donnelly and Oliver and Bonnie Desbois Madolyn Peters

"She was saying this morning how she's feeling really well and she goes why I wouldn't I be, I'm so well looked after here," he said.   

Connie Desbois was part of the Macartney family who were one of the early settlers.   

Other than not drinking or smoking her son said she's always happy and singing, maybe that's the real secret.   



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