BORN on a Tuesday in 1917, Rose Lodge resident Eileen Wells celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, January 16 with a party fit for a queen.
While the Queen herself couldn’t be there on the day, a hand-signed letter of congratulations from Her Majesty took pride of place at the party held at the Rose Lodge café on Monday afternoon.
Surrounded by friends and family, as well as fellow residents of the lodge, Eileen said that she felt very flattered, but overwhelmed, by all the attention.
“It’s marvellous,” Eileen said.
And what’s her secret to aging gracefully? “There’s no secret! I just kept going.”
Eileen spent her early years in Leongatha, before working for a time at a butchers shop in Carnegie.
She has never been married, never had children, never held a drivers licence and, up until six months ago, never had a birth certificate.
Growing up, Eileen had two brothers and a mother who she cared for.
One thing that all her relatives and friends can agree on is that Eileen is an exceptionally kind and caring person.
Her second cousin, Toni Speary, spoke warmly of Eileen, and recalled many occasions where her cousin’s kindness touched her heart.
“She’s always been a very caring, giving person. I still remember she took care of my sister and I and we stayed with her while our mother was ill. We stayed with her many times,” Toni said.
“She’s warm and loving. She’s always had a huge circle of friends, which you can see here today.
“I can’t imagine a world without her. Even though she never had her own children, I’ve never known a person to have so many children.
“Children just love her, and she loves them.”
“Eileen is really quite youthful. She has a wonderful memory, and all the staff here find her such a breeze,” said Diversional Therapist at Rose Lodge, Ben Cavender.
“She’s a cool lady.”
Happy 100th from the Queen