Winnifred celebrates

An afternoon tea was held at Grandview Aged Care Facility in Joondalup for the resident who has one daughter, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs Stone told the Weekender she would be �eating lots of cake� with family and friends to celebrate the milestone.

Among letters from dignitaries congratulating her on her 100th birthday, she received word from the Queen, the Governor General and Prime Minister.

Daughter Judith Jordan, of Sorrento, said her mum had been getting calls from excited family members in New Zealand.

�She�s the first and only one they know who has ever reached 100 so they�re all keen to celebrate it,� Mrs Jordan said. �They�re pleased that someone in the family made it to 100.�

�I could tell you a lot about her life, she�s been through two world wars and the Great Depression.

�Three years after her family migrated to New Zealand (from England) she was born on top of a fish and chip shop in Auckland.�

Mrs Jordan said her mum was a successful dressmaker who made frocks for a Hamilton store, Purple Patch, as well as belts and buckles.

�She�s been going back and forth to New Zealand for about 50 years � she�s been keeping the travel industry afloat,� Mrs Jordan said.

�We actually went over in 2007 and sold the family home and moved her over (to Perth).

�She had her driver�s licence up until she was 93.�

Granddaughter Lexie Wilkins, of City Beach, said her nanna had a beautiful personality and was always happy and easygoing.

�She loves a good laugh and has a fantastic sense of humour. She�s just a very family-orientated, caring person,� Mrs Wilkins said. �She was really very crafty, not only as a dressmaker, but she was really good at knitting and crocheting and an excellent cook as well.

�She taught us how to bake a lot of really lovely things throughout our lives.�

Asking how she�d made it to such a wonderful age, she said her nanna had told her that she had grown and eaten the vegetables from her garden. �I asked her that the other day � she ate really well, didn�t drink and just led a really lovely, simple life,� Mrs Wilkins said.

�She worked for most of her life and has always been a very active member of the community; she�s much-loved back in New Zealand as well.�

She said her nanna still enjoyed crocheting and crosswords.