Kingsley resident celebrates 100th birthday in style


Alice Pola (100) with her extensive  family  and Harley, the dog.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d463314
Alice Pola (100) with her extensive family and Harley, the dog. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d463314

ALICE Emily Pola was picked up from her Kingsley home by a limo last Wednesday and taken on a morning tour of her old haunts.

The Aegis Woodlake resident was then taken to her granddaughter’s home where she continued to celebrate her 100th birthday with family.

Mrs Pola was born in Perth on |December 14, 1916, to Ethel and Richard Barnes. She had three sisters and went to Perth Girls School in East Perth before moving on to Ladies Secretarial |College.

However, she did not like the idea of working in an office environment so soon opted to become a leading tea lady in the Coles Perth City canteen.

She married Perth City Council foreman William (Bill) Pola in 1939 and they had two sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs Pola is a keen West Coast Eagles supporter who used to go to all the home games with her daughter-in-law.

She still watches all the games on television and “does the occasional crossword” but her main hobby is “living life to the full with family”, according to her son Spencer Pola.

“The key to her long life is easy: love, laughter, understanding, impeccable manners, modesty and treating all as equal,” he said.