Kathleen Bowrey enjoyed celebrating her 100th birthday at Yaralla Place Aged Care Facility yesterday.
Kathleen Bowrey enjoyed celebrating her 100th birthday at Yaralla Place Aged Care Facility yesterday. Valerie Horton

Century of happiness

KATHLEEN Bowrey is 100 and still has one of those contagious smiles that brighten a room.

She walked into her birthday function at Yaralla Place Aged Care Facility yesterday and looked about the room.

She flashed a cute-as-button grin and instantly, it spread.

She sat down in the biggest seat, looked at her big birthday cake and clapped her hands together like a child at Christmas.

There was no need for big speeches, that smile, her smile, revealed all.

Her niece Del Nicholls said it was something "aunty" carried through life - that she must have, to survive after doctors lost hope.

"She was born a twin and was so small that they thought she wasn't going to last more than a few days," Del said.

Kath proved them wrong and lived an amazing life - together with her husband Les.

She has been a Hervey Bay resident for about 50 years and was involved in charity work.

Kath said she had always made the most of her opportunities.


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