, Derry, New Hampshire


April 18, 2013

Derry woman celebrates on her 100th birthday

Derry woman celebrates a very full century


Through the years she enjoyed membership in the Molly Reid Chapter DAR in Derry, twice serving as the group’s regent. She also was very active in local women’s groups and church clubs. Audette was the Central Congregational organist for 46 years, playing for more than 2,000 worship services.

Audette’s sister, Ruthlee Root, 90, shares a home with her older sister on Beaver Lake. The two are still very active, enjoying the lake, and family and friends who stop by.

“I’ve just got to keep going if I’m going to keep up with her,” Root said.

Holmes said Audette lived through a century of amazing events. She has witnessed a history that included a Great Depression, many wars, 17 presidents, housing booms, recessions, a man on the moon, technology and so much more.

In Derry, she even survived three mayors and 19 town administrators.

“And here in Derry for 100 years, you have earned the love and respect of all of those who have been fortunate enough to know you,” Holmes told Audette at her party. “Long may you live here as an example to us all ... of a life well lived.”

To Audette, it’s all about enjoying life and doing the things you love.

“And I’ve just got to keep moving,” she said.

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