Bulkley Lodge resident turns 100

Mary Chernowas was born in rural Manitoba in 1920 and came to Smithers in 1986

Mary Chernowas celebrated her 100th birthday July 24 with her family on the other side of the window at the Bulkley Lodge. (Contributed photo)

She might have heard it on 100 days over her lifetime, but “happy birthday” still brings a bright smile to Mary Chernowas’s face.

Smithers’ latest centenarian celebrated her 100th birthday COVID-19 style with her family on the other side of the glass at the Bulkley Lodge on July 24th.

Despite the less than ideal situation, Earl Chernowas, Mary’s son, said the family was very grateful to the staff at the Lodge for making the celebration a success under the pandemic restrictions.

Mary was born in 1920 in the tiny farming community of Fork River, Manitoba, approximately 25 minutes north of Dauphin, and grew up on a farm. It was there she married, at 17, Walter Chernowas in 1937 at the local Catholic church.

Mary and Walter farmed together for many years raising three daughters and a son, until flooding wiped out their crop in the 1960s and they headed west to Kamloops.

They eventually landed in Smithers in 1986, ultimately celebrating 78 years together before Walter died in June 2016 at the Bulkley Lodge, aged 100, just 10 days shy of his 101st birthday.

Mary has 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Meet the 10-year-old girl who grew a pineapple in northern B.C.

Emily Atkins discovers it takes a lot of patience to grow tropical fruit in a temperate climate

Single-engine aircraft crashes near Telkwa

Two occupants of the plane sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospital

Search on for mushroom picker missing from near Kitwanga

Tommy Dennis was last seen Sept 16 wearing blue jeans, black cap, rubber boots, grey checked sweater

Northwest firefighters headed to Oregon to battle wildfires

Over 200 B.C. firefighting personnel will assist in the U.S.

Cullen announces bid for provincial NDP nomination for Stikine riding

Current MLA Donaldson not seeking re-election

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

70-year-old punched in the head in dispute over disability parking space in Nanaimo

Senior’s turban knocked off in incident at mall parking lot

Most Read