Milestones marked by family and friends

Chocolate cake and strawberries: Bea Prideaux (left) with carer Marina Cornford and Joyce |Cavanagh with carer Janet Diamond. Picture: Emma Goodwin www.communitypix.com.au d423140
Chocolate cake and strawberries: Bea Prideaux (left) with carer Marina Cornford and Joyce |Cavanagh with carer Janet Diamond. Picture: Emma Goodwin www.communitypix.com.au d423140

Born on July 20, 1914, Joyce Cavanagh celebrated her big day at the residential care home and retirement village in Wanneroo surrounded by family.

Carers held a celebration the following day in her honour.

‘The nursing home put on a special morning tea with balloons, cake and candles, it was very nice,’ Joyce’s daughter Adrienne Green said.

‘She also received a letter from the Queen; it was very exciting for the family.’

The long-time Regents Garden resident moved to Australia 10 years ago from her home town in New Zealand after visiting Australia 27 times to see her grandchildren.

‘When she was younger, she loved ballroom dancing and playing netball,’ Ms Green said.

‘She was a seamstress and went on to create some beautiful clothes, specialising in gorgeous gowns for weddings and she loved patchwork.’

Born eight days later on July 28, Beatrice (Bea) Prideaux also celebrated the milestone with family followed by a morning tea at the village on her special day.

‘On Sunday July 27, all her family were together at her granddaughter Sharon’s house in Aveley,’ Beatrice’s daughter Glen Fischer said.

Born in Beechboro, Beatrice spent most of her married life in Mt Hawthorn where she lived until 2012.

‘She worked in various department stores as a corsetry buyer in the ladies underwear department,’ Ms Fischer said.

‘She loved gardening, dressmaking, made all her children’s clothing and (enjoyed) pressing dried flowers.’