The smile on Violet Buckholz face said it all as family and friends surrounded her to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday.
Born 8 October 1921, Violet is known for her sense of family and her sons Ian and Kerry Buckholz said she is a “well-lived woman” and one of the kindest around.
With four children, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, Ian said although his mum had lived a quiet life, Violet was an inspiration to all she met.
“One thing that is kind of unique about Mum is the fact that in her 100 years she has never been on a plane, a boat or even held a drivers license,” he said.
“But this never held her back, she sure has had an adventurous life and she is a great mother.”
Ian said his mum often shared the story of how she met late husband Edward (Ted) Buckholz, luring him in with her cooking skills almost 80 years ago.
“Mum said she was a pantry maid when she met dad, I think this is similar to a waitress,” Ian said.
“Dad would often say how he liked his eggs cooked a certain way and he would often ask for them to be recooked at cafes, and when he saw Mum with his eggs – he wasn’t game to push them away!”
Violet now lives at Millbank Village, and through Council’s One Million Tree initiative her family took the opportunity to plant a native tree on site to celebrate the occasion.
The project aims to get the whole community involved in planting one million trees within the region by the end of 2024.
Kerry said his mum had set a goal three or four years ago, and that was to make sure she celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
“She definitely was determined to make sure she reached 100,” Kerry said.
“It’s just wonderful to stand here and see that she made it with a smile on her face.”