Joan Celebrates her 101st Birthday

By 27th March, 2018 All, News, Our People No Comments

Twilight Aged Care resident for over 10 years, Joan McKimm, celebrated her 101st birthday on Friday 9 March at her Hunters Hill Village home surrounded by family, fellow residents and staff. Hunter’s Hill Mayor, Mark Bennett also dropped by to congratulate Joan and help celebrate this auspicious occasion.

On celebrating her centenary last year Joan received a letter of congratulations from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Governor-General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and was very humbled by all of the fuss

Twilight Aged Care CEO Lesley Jordan said “Joan always has a smile on her face and a kind word; she continues with regular art classes and keeps her mind active with puzzles and crosswords”. Lesley goes on to say, “we are so pleased to be able to celebrate such a significant milestone, and we wish Joan continued health and happiness.”

Born into a large family of 11 children, Joan was twin to brother Arthur. Over her lifetime she has endured two world wars and famine (growing up she threatened her grandchildren with bread and dripping for dinner if they misbehaved!), she remembers the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, construction of the Opera House and has witnessed no less than 25 Prime Ministers holding office!

Joan was a proud and loving mother to two children, Margaret and Colin. She has outlived both her children and all her siblings, and attributes eating an orange a day as the key to her longevity.

Joan has always had an active lifestyle. In her ‘prime’ she was a champion golfer. There can’t have been too many women on the golf course in the 1930s, but that didn’t stop Joan. Lawn Bowls has also played a significant part of her life and over the years she has received many accolades and championship trophies representing her local Roselands Bowling Club.

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