Nonchalant Nellie takes 100 in stride

Nellie Whitby at her birthday party.d399988
Nellie Whitby at her birthday party.d399988

The inspiring centenarian still lives independently at Amana Living Wearne Village and her homeis on the first floor.

Old age has held Mrs Whitby up though, she gets frustrated that she can’t walk into Woolworths in town to do her grocery shopping.

‘It was only a few years ago that I could do that,’ she lamented.

Amana Living residents held a surprise party for Mrs Whitby on April 24.

Then on Saturday family members flew in from Japan, Tasmania and the eastern states to celebrate.

Mrs Whitby moved to WA from the UK when she was 10-years-old. She has three children, eight grandchildren, 27 grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Mrs Whitby said not drinking or smoking may have helped with her longevity.

She said this generation was so different from when she grew up. Mrs Whitby said women used to stay home and look after their husband and children, while today they seemed to be off everywhere.