Climate change works out brilliantly for Ollie

With her daughter Heather at the Peter Anderton Day Care Centre in Forrestfield who organised the 105 birthday celebration event for Mrs Ward. Picture: 442423  David Baylis
With her daughter Heather at the Peter Anderton Day Care Centre in Forrestfield who organised the 105 birthday celebration event for Mrs Ward. Picture: 442423 David Baylis

Becoming a little too frail to manage her house in Albury, Victoria, where she had spent most of her life, she moved to her daughter�s home in the Perth Hills and has been loving the change ever since.

�It was a big decision but it couldn�t have worked out better,� Mrs Ward said.

�The warmer weather is much gentler to manage than the cold of Albury in winter,� she said.

She attributes her longevity to a lifelong love of chocolate ginger, her church, family and friends and a wonderfully fortunate life.

Mrs Ward married twice and said her two husbands were both wonderful men.

Is she planning to marry a third time?

�No, I�m too old now,� she said with a grin.

Mrs Ward has two daughters and two step-daughters. She lives with Heather Smith (73) and her husband, Max.

She attends the Peter Anderton Day Care Centre in Forrestfield every Wednesday for activities with a group of friends.

Mrs Ward is a member of the Bickley Seventh Day Adventist Church.

What do you buy someone who is 105 years of age?

Mrs Ward said her most precious gift in life was the wonderful friends she had who she has lost in the past five years.

�I have so much to be thankful for,� she said.

Mrs Ward said apart from sometimes misplacing her hearing aid and her false teeth, she was in very good health.