By DONAL O'CONNOR
Leila Moffatt attributes her longevity to attitude. And faith. "Basically I'm not a worrier ... It's my faith that keeps me from worry ... I know God will take care of me," she says.
Ms. Moffatt, of United Empire Loyalist stock, was born Leila Austin on March 27, 1909 in the Nipissing area. "In bush country," as she terms it.
She marked her 100th birthday Friday with lots of friends at her Woodland Towers home. A celebration was also planned for today.
Ms. Moffatt's father was a carpenter who worked summers building large barns. He was a lumber camp cook in the winters. When her father died she was only about three. Her mother moved to Welland, Ont., which is where Leila and her seven younger siblings -- four from her father's previous marriage -- grew up.
She's the only surviving member of the family.......Article ID# 1500745
OBITUARY: Leila Moffatt
Leila Martha (Austin) Moffatt, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on Thursday December 23, 2010 in her 102nd year. Born in Nipissing, daughter of the late Isaac and Martha (Mayo) Austin. Leila was a longtime member of Centennial United Church and more recently Parkview United Church. Beloved wife of the late Milton Moffatt (1964). Loving mother of Howard Moffatt (Isabel) of London and Kathleen Alire (Dick) of Louisville, Colorado. Cherished grandmother of Rod Alire (Jan), Brad Alire, Carol McCrimmon (Rob), John Moffatt (Nancy). Great grandmother of Michael, Lauren, Bridget McCrimmon, Greg, and Elizabeth Alire, Brent and Jess Moffatt. Also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families. ... Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery.
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