'This is not her first rodeo': Centenarian who lived through Spanish Flu reflects upon life during the pandemic
NEW WATERFORD, N.S. -- What do a centenarian and an infant have in common? In the case of Gloria Timmons and her great-grandson Dominic, they both spent the early part of their lives during a global pandemic.
Born in 1915, Timmons, of New Waterford, N.S., was a little girl during the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918.
“I never thought I'd reach the hundred, but here I am, with 105,” says Timmons.
Timmons remembers little of life during the Spanish Flu outbreak, but recalls her parents telling her about the pandemic that killed millions. A hundred years later, Timmons has plenty to say about living through COVID-19.
“I think it's a mess, that's what it is, it's a mess. It certainly threw a monkey wrench into this place,” she says.
As lockdown measures were eased in Nova Scotia, Timmons was once again able to spend time with her great-grandchildren.
“I like to talk to them and tell stories,” says Timmons.
Stephanie Ferguson, Dominic’s mother, says her grandmother is happy to spend time with the children.
“She has the energy to read with them, play with them, feed them, you name it,” says Ferguson.
Timmons’ family says the matriarch has led an amazing life and they hope to celebrate her 106th birthday next August.
“This is not her first rodeo with something of this magnitude. She's lived through a lot,” says Craig Ferguson, Dominic’s father.
“She’s been in this house for 77 years. She's well-known and well-loved and yeah, it's super special for our girls and our son to have their great-grandmother around.”