Kingsley: family key to Maude’s long, happy life at 100


Maude Radford.
Picture: Martin Kennealey       
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Maude Radford. Picture: Martin Kennealey               d457999

MAUDE Radford says she has been lucky to live a long life because of hard work and keeping healthy.

The Kingsley resident celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday with an afternoon tea with family and fellow Bethanie residents.

She said she attributes her health to being active throughout her life by playing golf and bridge.

She is also very creative and was previously an artist and writer.

In 1994, she wrote a book about her childhood in East Africa, titled Watoto Ya Samani (Children of Long Ago).

Born and raised the oldest of seven siblings in Kenya, Mrs Radford spent her earlier years living alongside a railway line where her father James Edward Stocker was a supervising engineer.

After school, she continued on to business college and using that experience, she and her mother May Florence Harries built White Sands Hotel in Mombasa for families in Kenya who were unable to holiday in the UK.

Mrs Radford migrated to Australia in 1965 with her husband Jack Radford.

The pair were married for more than 20 years, operating a real estate business in the Perth Hills and building multiple houses in Stoneville and Mandurah.

She has two daughters, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren, who she says fill her with happiness and love.