Interstate travel restrictions were lifted just in time for Bundaberg resident Pearl Jensen to be surrounded by family for her 100th birthday on Sunday.
Pearl’s granddaughters Narelle and Melanie travelled to Bundaberg from Victoria to join their family for a celebratory lunch at Across the Waves.
Pearl’s son Ralph, father of Narelle, Melanie and son Kyle, said his mother, who resides at Bundaberg Riverlea Aged Care Facility, had thoroughly enjoyed the event.
“Mum does have dementia, but she is healthy,” he said. “I don’t think she’s had a sick day in her life – she’s amazing.
“She was quite lucid yesterday; I was surprised how good she was.
“We’ve had a wonderful weekend with my two daughters here. They were pretty lucky to get here so quickly.”
Ralph said his mother had lived in Bundaberg for the past 15-16 years, moving here from Mission Beach to Argyle Gardens retirement village.
Before Mission Beach, where Ralph and his wife Alice also lived before following Pearl to Bundaberg, Pearl had lived in Victoria and was married to her husband Ralph Snr for more than 50 years.
Pearl received congratulatory letters including from Mayor Jack Dempsey, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Governor-General David Hurley and Governor Paul de Jersey.