Local resident Edna Hunter reached a milestone most of us can only dream about on Monday when she celebrated her 100th birthday.
Ms Hunter was presented with a certificate and flowers from Nepean Legacy on the day as well as a birthday card, with her association with the organisation dating back to 1974 after her husband passed away.
The second youngest of seven children, Ms Hunter isn’t the only one in her family to have reached the big 100 after her older sister passed away at 103.
“I don’t really know what my secret is but I can tell you I’ve never smoked,” Ms Hunter said.
Growing up with her family, Ms Hunter spent some time with her other sisters working at their father’s hotel, while their brothers worked on the family farm.
“You have to work hard when you’ve got your own business and we worked hard in the hotel,” she said.
Ms Hunter married at the age of 27 to Reg who was a sergeant in World War II.
They had two children together, Jill Murphy and Robert Hunter, and owned a poultry farm where the children sometimes worked.
Reg passed away at just 63-years-old after he suffered a brain hemorrhage.
“We always got along really well and he was a good man,” Ms Hunter said.
Her daughter Jill Murphy said being a mum is what she is good at.
“She’s a wonderful mother and beautiful person and I want to thank her for her love, patience and understanding all these years,” Ms Murphy said.
Ms Hunter has recently welcomed her first great-grandchild and has another one on the way, due to be born in November.
“I think she’s really looking forward to Christmas and can’t wait for the little one to arrive,” Ms Murphy said.
“We all love her very much and hope we have more time to spend with her in the future.”
– Jade Aliprandi