Daily crosswords key to long life, says centenary after Scotsman tribute
The great-grandmother of eight who lives independently at her home in Liberton was delighted to celebrate her 100th birthday with all of her nephews and nieces on Wednesday. And the Scotsman arranged for a happy birthday message to be broadcast alongside the crossword for that day.
The weeklong celebrations included the retiree’s favorite past times; champagne at Prestonfield House, afternoon coffees at the Braid Hills Golf Center and, of course, the crossword of the day.
“I had a beautiful celebration,” Ms. Gowan said. “I had all my nieces and nephews with me for a lovely day and have had neighbors almost every day since.”
Ms Gowan does seven The Scotsman and Scotland crosswords on Sunday every week, helped by her daughter Fay Hill, 68.
“I do crossword puzzles every day, I also do sudoku and play scrabble,” Ms. Gowan said. “I can always find something to do.
“I could be 100 years old but I don’t feel it,” she added. “And my son-in-law says I don’t look like it but he’s only trying to stay with me.”
Long live the family, Ms Gowan’s older sister Minnie passed away in 2014 at the age of 101.
The beloved daughter, Mrs Hill, works as a full time caregiver for her mother and has said that she is an “inspiration” to all of us.
Unveiling the secrets of a long and healthy life, Ms. Gowan said, “Have a good family, stay interested in everything and always find something to do.”