Tess Barnaby, who has been a resident of Haverhill for almost 70 years, turned 100 on Jan. 2.
Her birthday party, held at Merrivista, where she lives, included a big cake and a visit by Mayor James Fiorentini, who presented her with a citation from the city.
Born in Lawrence in 1920, she met her husband, Robert Barnaby, when they were ice skating in South Lawrence. They married in 1941, when he was home from leave during WWII.
A few short years after getting married, they moved to Haverhill where they raised their eight children, six boys and two girls.
Robert Barnaby died in 1999 after almost 60 years of marriage.
For Tess Barnaby, church and family have been the two most important things in her life. She was a very active member of All Saints Church and she is also very active in the Haverhill Art Association. She is an avid painter.
She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.