Twilight Aged Care resident of over 10 years, Joan McKimm will celebrate her 101st birthday this Friday March 9 during a morning tea at her Hunters Hill Village home surrounded by family, fellow residents and staff.
On celebrating her centenary last year Joan received a letter of congratulations from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove 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”.
“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.
She and her brothers and sisters 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 hold office.
Joan was a proud and loving mother to two children, Margaret and Colin. She has outlived both her children and all her siblings.
She maintains that eating an orange a day is 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 her.
She also loved lawn bowls and received many accolades and championship trophies from her local Roselands Bowling Club.
Lawn bowls has been a significant part of her life.