Phyllis Anderson recently celebrated her 90th birthday in Golden and is enjoying life to the fullest.
“It feels really good. I feel great,” she said. “All of the parties and phone calls I have got. It is just surprising.”
Anderson said she has been receiving well wishes from a number of people who she has not spoken to in years.
“I go to bed and I can’t sleep because I am thinking about people who I have not heard from for so long.”
Almost a week after her birthday, Anderson said she was still shocked by the number of gifts she has received.
“It was wonderful,” she said.
Anderson has lived in Golden since 1965 when she came to the town from Beaver Lodge, Alberta.
She came to spend some time with her sister who was living in the town. After her sister left she worked at a local store.
“I was busy all the time and I liked the people here,” she said.
Golden was also the place where she met her husband Robert.
“I like it here and then I met up with this guy and got married in 1966,” she said.
Since she retired, she spends her time mowing her lawn, getting wood, and still volunteering.
“I don’t sit back and do nothing. I keep going. That’s why I have made it this far,” she said.
Anderson said her mother lived to be 101 and told her she would have to be the same age some day.
A person who enjoyed fishing, Robert said she was better than him when they would go out together.
Anderson has also been a part of different choirs for most of the past 74 years.
Even though she has though about quitting she said, “The men and ladies are really nice to me in the choir.”
As for being married Anderson said she and Robert are still very happy.
“We haven’t had a fight yet so we must be doing all right,” she said.
In the end, Anderson said that she is a very happy person and, “it pays to be 90.”