WANNEROO’S Dorothy Jamieson celebrated her 106th birthday this week but says there is no secret to longevity.
Staff at the Jacaranda Lodge facility organised a party to mark the occasion for Mrs Jamieson, who has lived at the centre for eight years.
She was born in Adelaide in 1911 and trained as a midwife before meeting husband Alexander at the end of World War II.
In 1947, the couple moved to Perth with their first son Kevin, followed by two more sons, with the third sadly dying at two days old.
Mrs Jamieson was recognised for her outstanding service to the Australian Red Cross, where she volunteered for several decades, and excelled at crafts, teaching at North Beach Baptist Church and making her own clothes into her nineties.
She is a grandmother to six and great-grandmother to five, Swan Districts Football Club supporter, avid gardener and talented piano player, which she still sometimes plays.
Staff member Natty Alliex described her as a wonderful and positive person, who was full of humour.
“She has never spoken ill about anyone and is always smiling and would help other residents if she could,” she said.
“When I asked how she feels about being 106 years she said she thought she was only 101 and laughed and said it did not make her feel any different.”