Red Cross member Joyce Gow will turn 100-years-old on Saturday

CENTENARIAN Joyce Gow has joined one of life’s most exclusive clubs.

She even got a signed letter from Her Majesty The Queen.

Mrs Gow will turn 100-years-old on Saturday, and will celebrate surrounded by family and friends.

And, the Red Cross member said the secret to longevity is simpler than we think.

Turns out, the secret to a long life is tea, coffee and good genetics.

BIRTHDAY BASH: Centenarian Joyce Gow celebrated her birthday with members of the Armidale Red Cross at their meeting on Wednesday at the St Peter's Parish Hall.

BIRTHDAY BASH: Centenarian Joyce Gow celebrated her birthday with members of the Armidale Red Cross at their meeting on Wednesday at the St Peter's Parish Hall.

Newly admitted centenarian Joyce Gow said the most important thing in life is family.

“I just live from day to day,” Mrs Gow said.

“My family in England lived long lives there and I think it comes through your genes.

“The most important thing is family, have a good family to look after you and you look after them.”

Born in Manly, Mrs Gow lived in England for 40 years before she moved to Armidale.

As a bookkeeper, she worked a counting machine operator before computers were invented.

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