FEW people can use the quote "it's the best thing since sliced bread" and fully understand the meaning of the statement.
Francie Morris, 104, is one of those who can.
Mrs Morris celebrated her 104th birthday recently and was overwhelmed by the number of cards, flowers and visitors she received.
"I think I'm Bathurst's oldest resident," she said.
"I got the lovely plaque from [federal member] Andrew Gee and some beautiful flowers from [state member] Paul Toole; letters from the prime minister, the governor-general, premier Gladys Berejiklian, Paul Toole, Andrew Gee [and] Margaret Beazley, governor of NSW."
Due to the current COVID restrictions, Mrs Morris was unable to have all her friends and family over at once.
Mrs Morris, who grew up at 169 Rocket Street, has vivid memories of the gas streetlights being lit as dusk rolled in and bread being delivered daily by horse and cart.
She lived in the family home until she was married at 24.
Mrs Morris and her husband Arthur eventually built a house on Vittoria Street - the place she still calls home after 73 years.
"I'm happy here," she said.
Most Bathurst locals know Pantano's Bar and Grill, and many would have dined there, but not many would know it used to be a candy shop next to the city theatre.
This was Mrs Morris' first of two jobs during an era when women typically didn't have an occupation.
"When I was 14, my dad told me I wouldn't be able to go to work because I had to stay home and help mum with the housework, which I did until I was 18," she said.
"Then I got a job down at the candy shop next to the city theatre. I was there for six years."
Years later, Mrs Morris began working at the local bakery when sliced bread was introduced.
She would begin early, taking charge of the bread slicer and wrapping the bread ready for delivery.
"The baker used to come around with his horse and cart and would come down every day, five days a week, and the horse used to go from house to house," Mrs Morris said.
From family picnics down at the river on a Sunday, to Saturday nights spent listening to the radio while playing cards, to playing golf at the local golf club, Mrs Morris has a lot of fond memories of her early life.
"It was great. It really was wonderful," she said.
"Times have certainly changed; they don't do that sort of thing anymore. You've got to move with the times.
"There are so many other things to do today."
One thing that hasn't changed is Mrs Morris' love of cards and golf, both of which are still a big part of her life.
Having played golf for 54 years and been on the Bathurst Golf Club committee for 22 years, Mrs Morris was also the president, vice president and secretary at various stages over the years.
Mrs Morris still enjoys her visits to the club.
"I mostly go every Tuesday. I get picked up and we play cards," she said.
"I enjoy it. The girls are lovely up there and we have a lovely lunch and come home.
"It's a good day out. It's really good."
To honour her, the golf club named one of its rooms after her for her 100th birthday.
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