Mundaring’s Bea still busy at 105

Bea who recently turned 105, with her daughter Bobbie, who lives in Parkerville.
Bea who recently turned 105, with her daughter Bobbie, who lives in Parkerville.

BEA May has seen many changes over the past 105 years, but a favourite memory is of her father teaching her to make butter.

He showed her only once and from that day on, she said she had to make 6lbs of butter every second day for a local baker who used it in her cakes.

Another favourite memory is of an Aboriginal girl inviting her to have a ride on a camel, an offer she did not refuse.

Baptistcare Yallambee Residential Care in Mundaring helped its oldest resident celebrate her birthday milestone on June 2 at a special tea party with family, friends and other residents.

Local entertainer Glen Levi made the day sing by serenading the birthday resident with all her favourite songs.

Mrs May was born in Mullewa in 1912, where she grew up in a big family as the youngest of 10 children. She has seven children, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and more great-great-grandchildren than she can recall.

She lived in Beverley before moving to Mundaring.

Careworkers at the Mundaring residential centre said Mrs May was very sociable and enjoyed one-on-one chats with staff, volunteers, other residents and visitors.

She takes part in many activities, including quizzes, craft and gardening.