Residents and staff at Belrose Country Club are celebrating a very special event this week – resident Pat Willson’s 102nd birthday.
Born Mavis Constance Smith on 11th March 1916 in Adelaide but known to all as Pat or Peachy, she married Hec Willson in February 1942 on the same day news of the fall of Singapore reached Australia.
Hec served in New Guinea and at the Cowra POW Camp, and the couple enjoyed 33 happy years together and had two sons before Hec’s death at just 60.
Peachy’s granddaughter Becci said she is a fiercely independent person who is always supportive of family and friends.
“In the 1960s she got to know her neighbour, Joyce, who recently turned 101 and they are still very close friends,” she said.
“She’s also known as quite a card shark and has a wicked sense of humour.”
Current estimates put the number of centenarians globally at around 450,000, or roughly 0.006% of the population – making Peachy part of a very exclusive club.
Peachy has been happily living at Belrose Country Club for 31 years and said the secret to a long life is simple.
“I have a short brandy and dry daily!” she said.
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