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Theresa celebrates 100th birthday

Theresa Clarry marked the occasion of her upcoming 100th birthday with a visit from Bundaberg Mayor Helen Blackburn. Photo: Natasha Harth

Bundaberg local Theresa Clarry marked the occasion of her upcoming 100th birthday with an early celebration with friends and family at the BlueCare Bundaberg Pioneer Aged Care Facility.

Theresa's daughter Glenys Clarry joined other family members at the gathering which included a visit from Bundaberg Mayor Helen Blackburn.

Glenys said the family were proud that Theresa had reached such a significant milestone.

“The family feel privileged in Mum achieving her 100th birthday,” Glenys said.

“We are blessed she has good health and still loves going to see her friends.”

Born in Bundaberg on 25 April 1924, Theresa grew up on a cattle property near Mount Perry and went on to work as a cook at the Mount Perry Hospital and Grand Hotel before getting married.

She was married twice, with her first husband passing away at age 41, and had six children, 13 grand children, 13 great grand children and four great great grand children.

Theresa Clarry 100th birthday
Theresa Clarry (100th Birthday) with Mayor Helen Blackburn and family members Beverly Hardie, Michael Clarry, Glenys Clarry and Shane Clarry. Photo: Natasha Harth

“Coming from a cattle property her parents owned in Mount Perry, she has shown us good work ethics, her faith and determination in finishing what she started and not leaving things half done,” Glenys said.

Theresa was always a community spirited person, knitting for the Base Hospital Neonatal Clinic for more than 20 years as well as volunteering for the Scouts and the St. John's Ambulance where she received the Grand Prior's Award.

“I remember going with her doing charity work, running cent sales and hoy, something she still loves to attend for St John's Ambulance,” Glenys said.

“[She loves] craft, knitting baby clothes for the baby ward at the Base Hospital [and] her two older daughters both do craft.”

Theresa now lives in aged care and still enjoys knitting as well as bingo, puzzles and being outdoors.

“The family appreciate all the staff today and always,” Glenys said.

“We would like to thank Linda [Fuller] for everything she does for the residents.”

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