Helena Jameli Ataya turned 100 years old on
February 28th 2011.
|From the moment she arrived and was seated on the
stage area, a long queue formed with people waiting at the foot of
the stairs to come up and speak with her and get a photo taken. The
photographer said afterward he had only ever seen that happen before
for the Pope, so he figured she must be well known and respected!.
She is the daughter of Assid Corban and
Najibie Ataya Saliba of Shweir, Lebanon.
Around 300 people from around New Zealand
and overseas turned out to congratulate her
and celebrate this milestone.
The party was held at her fathers old
Corbans Winery, near to her home. It was a
great day to eat, drink, catch up with old
friends and relatives and celebrate her life.
All the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of
Helena and her late husband George Ataya Saliba were there to
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