Joondalup ‘Duchess’ Zela Watkin turns 100 with style


Zela Watkin with her daughter-in-law Carolyn Morse, granddaughter Jeni, son Barry Watkin and daughter-in-law Susie.        d454852
Zela Watkin with her daughter-in-law Carolyn Morse, granddaughter Jeni, son Barry Watkin and daughter-in-law Susie.        d454852

TURNING 100 was a stylish affair for Joondalup’s Zela Watkin.

The former dressmaker and fashion sales assistant celebrated the milestone with family, friends and staff at Brightwater Care Group’s Joondalup facility on June 17.

This was followed by lunch at a winery in Woodvale – thanks to donations made to the group’s Life’s Possibilities fund.

Born in New Zealand, Mrs Watkin moved to Perth 25 years ago. Her family includes two sons, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Service manager Angela Lowe said Mrs Watkin was known as “the Duchess” because she enjoys tea in her own cup and saucer.

“Zela is always smiling and calls staff ‘darling’, everyone just loves her,” she said.

“She has the most beautiful loving ways and enjoys the attention and interaction of staff.”