Eliza Hiscock has been in this world a century today.
The object of much of her love, her only son Tom, says she lives her life for her family.
The third youngest of Bert and Annie Howe’s seven children, Hiscock came to Corner Brook from Port Blandford with her family at the age of 10. Her father was the first keeper of 12-mile dam, where they actually lived for a year before settling down in Corner Brook.
Her grandfather was Thomas Howe, who the Thomas Howe Demonstration Forest outside of Gander is named after. Her younger sister Mildred Goosney, 96, still lives in Corner Brook.
Seymour Hiscock, her late husband, was an oiler on the #5 paper machine at the pulp and paper mill in Corner Brook. Hiscock was a house wife, who loved to spend time and help members of her family, according to her son. She was there for her family, even one time helping care for an ill nephew for six months after he was born.
She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty either, he noted, helping out with construction around the house like painting.
Born in 1914, she lived in a time of hands-on house work — such as cleaning and washing clothes. One community passion she had was bowling, said Tom, and she was widely recognized as a high-calibre kegler.
Having a sister still alive at 96, and a number of siblings that lived into their 80s and 90s, Todd believes longevity is in the family genes.
Nearly 80 himself, Tom spends most of his days at his cabin in Pinchgut Lake.
However, he noted his mother gave up smoking after about 20 years in the 1960s and was never much of a consumer of alcohol.
She has a good friend Maude Boone, who lives in Corner Brook, and celebrated her 100th birthday two years ago.
Seymour died in 1974, at the age of 64, and Hiscock never remarried or found another man. Her son said it didn’t seem there was any interest for that. She lived in the same home on Raymond Heights until 1991, when she moved into Mountainview Estates.
As her health deteriorated, she later was one of the first residents of the Protective Community Residences on Wheeler’s Road. She also moved into the Corner Brook Long-Term Care Facility when it opened its doors in 2010.
Unfortunately, Hiscock’s health has faded considerably in the past couple of years, according to Tom. She suffers from senility now, and has trouble recognizing most people, most times.
Tom and his wife Helen, who still live in Corner Brook, have three children — Kim Dede and Todd — and Hiscock also has five great grandchildren — Leahdawn, Shilo, Tessa, Liam, and Amber.