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Three Gracehaven residents turn 100 in same week

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Betty Fry, Edna Grozsmann and Eunice Duldig celebrate their 100th birthdays.

Local Gracehaven Aged Care residents Betty Fry, Edna Grozsmann and Eunice Duldig all turned 100 last week, with residents coming together to celebrate the milestone.

Coming from varying backgrounds, the ladies came together with their friends to commemorate in style at their recent birthday party.

Edna Grozsmann was born in Gympie before moving to Bundaberg as a young child where her father was employed with Queensland Railway.

Over the years she spent much of her time helping with the Good Shepherd Anglican Church volunteering to assist with flower arrangement or cleaning to help wherever she could.

After having a daughter, Edna spent much of her time at home.

With over 40 years dedicated to the church, those around her can still see her kind-hearted nature shine through.

Eunice reflects on family history

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Eunice Duldig has celebrated turning 100.

While Eunice Duldig does not feel 100, she has credited celebrating the milestone to living an active life from the day she started milking the cows on the family farm.

“My secret: keep moving and keep getting exercise in,” Eunice said.

She is no stranger to an adventure, with Eunice spending many of her younger years growing up in Moffatdale and then travelling to South Australia before getting married.

“When we would visit Murgon, there were a lot of soldiers from the war who camped around there and used to go to church,” she said.

“Quite often from church we would bring them home to give them lunch and things like that then take them back to their camp.

“I did make a special friend with one of the boys and he wanted me to stay in touch with him, so I started to write to him.

“He invited me down to South Australia where he was from for a holiday, and we became quite good friends and kept going out with one another and then we decided we would go to Adelaide for a day.

“He asked me whether I would marry him and I said yes!”

Eunice said she spent her life surrounded by the love of her family.

“I suppose I did not do anything special just looked after my children and my husband and I had a lot to do with the church,” she said.

“I taught Sunday school and until my youngest child was a teenager, 12 or 13, and he did not want to go to Sunday school anymore, but we continued to stay with the church.”

Gracehaven Aged Care look forward to celebrating more milestone birthdays in the coming months.

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