Saskatoon woman turns 108, shares secrets to living a long life

Read the inspiring story of this Mennonite woman from the Prairies who has just turned 108.

Global News

Watch more: A lot has changed in 108 years and no one knows that more than a Saskatoon woman celebrating her birthday. Meaghan Craig introduces us to Anna Ens.

SASKATOON – Imagine the changes you would see if you were to live for over a century. Anna Ens of Saskatoon has been witness to just that, 108 years of historical milestones.

Born in 1907, Ens lives independently on the east side of Saskatoon with the assistance of home care. She was born the same year Saskatoon got its first bridge.

On her kitchen table sit birthday cards, well wishes to her as she celebrated her 108th birthday on Feb. 4 with a come and go tea planned for this Saturday.

“I don’t feel my age,” said Ens.

Born outside of Osler nearly 11 decades ago, Ens was raised on a farm and travelled by horse and buggy.

“Things were all…

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About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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