Malvina chalks up a century
THE Oaks Nursing Home's resident joker, Malvina Chesterfield, yesterday achieved a feat not too many others can boast.
Mrs Chesterfield's friends and family gathered around her to help celebrate her impressive 100th birthday.
Daughter Pamela Cox attended her mother's birthday bash and recalled the things that she admired most about the woman who raised her.
"She has been a terrific mum and she would always smile and joke and could never get angry - and Dad was the same," she said.
"She loves the Lord and is a bright Christian believer."
Mrs Chesterfield was born in Tasmania on January 25, 1912, and later in her life moved to Sydney.
At about 18-years-old, the often debilitating and potentially fatal disease polio invaded the young woman's body.
Although she beat the odds and the disease, doctors told Mrs Chesterfield there were limitations on what she would be able to do in her life.
"She was told she couldn't have children and she went on to have five," Mrs Cox said.
"And now here she is at 100 and it really is hard to believe she has made it this far."
Acting nursing unit manager Sherry Phillips yesterday presented Mrs Chesterfield - who she describes as "part of the Oaks family" - with a stunning pearl brooch.
Mrs Chesterfield also received accolades on her milestone from the Queen, the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Premier.