New Westminster resident celebrating a special milestone

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Family and friends are celebrating the 100th birthday of longtime New Westminster resident Harbans Kaur Grewal.

Born in the village of Landa, Punjab, India, on Dec. 5, 1918, Grewal is the eldest of seven children. She spent her formative and teenage years in the village of Dhamot (Ludhiana district), before marrying Sardar Kartar S. Grewal in March 1937 and moving across the district to Kila Raipur village, where she would spend the next 38 years.

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“In 1975 Beji made the altogether bigger hop across the Atlantic to make New Westminster her home, where she resides to this day,” said an email from granddaughter Gurri Grewal. “She is a mother of four, grandmother to six, great-grandmother to six... and still going strong. Beji's priority has always been her family and she continues to look after us every day.  She is an active member of the household who on occasion still insists on feeding the entire family by cooking her favourite dishes from scratch, including her legendary kheer!”

In addition to a big event at the temple, family will celebrating Grewal becoming a centenarian at a smaller event.

“She is something,” Grewal said of her grandmother. “We are really thankful.”

Happy Birthday!

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