Bess celebrates 100th birthday

Bessie Saunders with her four daughters (l to r) Margaret Haigh, Pat Esdale, Barbara Saunders and Judy Uhlmann at her 100th birthday party.
Bessie Saunders with her four daughters (l to r) Margaret Haigh, Pat Esdale, Barbara Saunders and Judy Uhlmann at her 100th birthday party. Contributed.

BESS Saunders' 100th birthday celebrations began early last week when the president, Helen Parish, and ladies from the North Rockhampton Bowls Club had a morning tea for her at Benevolent Aged Care where she resides.

Bess is a past president of the Bowls Club.

As well as flowers and cake, the bowlers presented Bess with a special 100 years brooch.

The morning tea was also attended by Bess's good bowls friend and fellow resident, Dorrie Ewings, and representatives from Legacy with more flowers.

Bess responded with a thank-you speech and attributed her longevity to playing bowls and the great friendships she had shared with the bowls ladies over many years.

On her birthday, October 15, there was another celebration with family and close friends.

Family travelled from Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Woodford for this special event.

All her direct descendants living in Australia visited, including her three youngest great-grandchildren; another seven great-grandchildren and family are currently living overseas.

Bess thanked everyone for coming and her advice to them was to continue as they had been doing, stick together, and be kind to others.

Everyone enjoyed this happy occasion, though they weren't too successful at matching prices with items advertised for sale in the Morning Bulletin editions of October 1917.

Prices have changed during the last 100 years.

Many thanks go to the Benevolent Aged Care Staff who helped with the preparation for the celebration and who take good care of Bess.

Bess was born at Kalka and has spent almost all of her life in Rockhampton.

She lived in Painswick Street, North Rockhampton, for over 55 years before moving to the Benevolent at age 92.

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