Vi McQuain celebrates her 103rd birthday in style



Vi McQuain, a long time (very long time) Huntsville resident, celebrated her 103rd birthday on December 14 with a trip to Casino Rama.

Residents and staff at Rogers Cove Retirement residence, where Vi now lives, gathered to sing happy birthday as they escorted her to a waiting black stretch limousine. Vi was in great spirits, joking that she didn’t have any money to spend at the casino and asking people for a dime.

Vi was ready to party, impeccably dressed in Christmas red; maybe a good-luck colour at the roulette table?

The secret to living a long life, Vi says with a laugh, is being a good person. When she stops laughing, she admits that working and staying busy has kept her going.

Vi Coker was born near Bracebridge but moved to Huntsville when she was about four. Vi comes from a family of 14 children. She is the eldest. She says there was always a baby to mind.

When she and Alvin McQuain married they had three children of their own. Vi kept busy taking care of her family, entertaining and volunteering. She was a member of the Rebekkah’s, a founding member of Community Policing, a founding member of Club 55, and a Meals on Wheels volunteer. When the kids got a little bit older, Vi took a job at Sears and eventually became the manager. Those who know Vi know that she has been a going concern, and a go-getter, for her whole life.

Her birthday celebration was arranged by staff who learned of Vi’s desire to visit the casino. To make it extra special they contacted Hammond Transportation about hiring a limousine. When the company heard of the milestone birthday they offered their services for $103; one dollar for every year Vi has celebrated her birthday.

Regardless of how Vi makes out at the slot machines at Rama, we think she would agree that she has been pretty lucky in life.

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  1. Thanks for this feel-good story Liz. When I visit Roger’s Cove I often see Vi visiting with her family or preparing to enjoy a day on the town. She is always so prettily turned out and so cheery. She’s an inspiration on growing old with humour and grace.

  2. Happy Birthday, Vi! Hope you had a great time at Casino Rama! You are looking as young and happy as ever. Merry Christmas. Love, Marg.(Kellock) Wood.

  3. Sonja (Mcquain) Stirling on

    Happy 103rd Birthday Grandma! Hope you had a great time at Rama! A special thank you to the staff at Rogers Cove – truly all of you take such good care of Grandma and I can tell she adores you all!

    Sonja (McQuain) Stirling

  4. I have only lived in Huntsville for seven years, and Vi McQuain is like a living legend in this town. Her name comes up quite often in Club 55, always with kind and loving comment attached to it. A life well lived and hopefully a great trip to the Casino.

  5. I was lucky enough to accompany Vi to Rama and I have to tell you she loved every minute of it. The staff there were welcoming and made her day so special. She even cashed out at the end of the day with $103.95 (spooky)

  6. Great story ! What a lovely woman Vi is. Great sense of humour and always a story to tell. A pleasure to visit Sears in the earlier years. Go Vi Go. I will help you carry you bags of money. Lol

  7. Suzanne McQuain on

    Fantastic and thanks to everyone organizing this! I can just hear Grandma asking for those dimes! Happy birthday to our mentor!

  8. Margaret & Wayne Coker on

    Happy Birthday Aunt Vi
    You might be small in stature but you managed to keep all those brothers in line.
    Glad you enjoyed your trip to Rama how fitting 103 years wins $103.95 may you continue life to the fullest.
    Our Lady In Red
    Love Wayne &Margaret

  9. Vi, you don’t look a day older than when we were on the board of Club 55. Beryl & I look forward to your 104th birthday. Love you.
    Paul Clayson

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