Centenarian reflects on dream home

Phyllis Worth... one of the guests at the Pioneers’ Luncheon. Picture: David Baylis d403553
Phyllis Worth... one of the guests at the Pioneers’ Luncheon. Picture: David Baylis d403553

The 101-year-old and former Royal Australian Air Force nurse still lives in the same house she and her late husband of 46 years designed together in 1950.

‘We lived in the caravan next to his mother’s house for two years while we designed and built our home and I’ve lived there my entire life,’ Ms Worth said.

‘Laurence was a lovely man, always doing something for somebody.’

Born in Bayswater, Ms Worth worked as a nurse in the RAAF for three and half years before working at an apothecary in Perth for a decade.

She said she did not expect to live for so long and she remembered her time in the air force fondly.

Last week, she and fellow City of Belmont long-term residents were honoured at a Pioneers Luncheon.

It is not the first time the Worth family has been recognised by the City ” Worth Parade in Ascot was named after her family.

Mayor Phil Marks said the Pioneers ceremonies recognised the commitment and dedication of the City’s longstanding residents who had lived in the area for more than 50 years.

‘A vibrant community such as ours is built over time,’ he said.

‘Looking back over our history, the City has evolved, grown and changed almost beyond recognition.

‘It is through the contribution of our pioneers in laying the foundations for our City that Belmont has become the great community that we know today.’