Audrey gives 100 reasons to be proud

Audrey Chernoff with daughters Anthea Coney and Jane Ellingworth and granddaughters Miranda Barker and Genevieve Chambers. Picture: Martin Kennealey                 d441884
Audrey Chernoff with daughters Anthea Coney and Jane Ellingworth and granddaughters Miranda Barker and Genevieve Chambers. Picture: Martin Kennealey d441884

It followed an afternoon tea at Woodlake Aged Care Kingsley where she now lives.

Daughter Jane Ellingworth said her mum had been �overwhelmed� by both parties and reaching the milestone birthday.

�She was actually blown away by reaching 100 because she had a fall last year in October and fractured her femur and had to have a heart operation before she could actually have the operation on her femur,� Jane said.

�She�s come through this still very mentally alert, it�s quite amazing, and she got to celebrate with family and especially seeing family that came from overseas and from the eastern states.�

Audrey lived in Floreat and had four children with her husband Michael, who she married in 1939.

She now has nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

�Mum was born in Guildford and grew up there and then moved to Geraldton as a young child up until early high school and then she came back to Perth with her family and lived in Cottesloe,� Jane said.

�She attended Perth Modern School and she did a secretarial course but times were tough, because she was coming into the Depression when she was in her late teens-early 20s, so she worked in various jobs and then married my dad.

�Mum didn�t work after she got married but she did a lot of voluntary work and spent (20 years) volunteering at Royal Perth Hospital and Shenton Park rehabilitation.�

She said Audrey was an amazing friend and supportive mother who was always around for her growing up.

�She�s a very generous, gracious woman who�s just always had a smile on her face and has just been a very caring person,� Jane said.

�She�s just an angel. As everyone said if you ever think of Audrey you couldn�t think anything but a beautiful person inside and out.�

Jane said her mum was known for her impeccable handwriting and love of calligraphy.