Olive blooms 105

Olive Healey celebrated her 105th birthday. 199682_01. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

By Brendan Rees

Olive Healey could be one of Casey’s oldest women after celebrating a milestone – her 105th birthday.

She was born on the 3 November 1914, in Fitzroy, when the First World War began and only two years after the Titanic had sunk.

Olive celebrated her birthday at Homestyle Aged Care Langford Grange in Cranbourne East on Friday 1 November.

Olive has one sister and married in 1938 and had three children – Christine Moody, Barry Healey, and Lois Ross who sadly passed away – and four grandchildren and there is “too many great grandchildren to count”.

She came into care at Homestyle Langford Grange in August 2019 after living in her unit by herself where she had home care come once a fortnight.

“Olive doesn’t look a day over the age of 80 years,” Lifestyle coordinator Karen Smith says.

She enjoys reading the newspaper each day and walking with the aid of a walker and assistance from staff.

“Olive is an active person as she played lawn bowls for over 30 years as she was a member to Bentleigh Lawn Bowls,” Ms Smith says.

She also knits and sews for her family.

She gave up driving a car in her 80’s due to health but remembers fondly when her grandson received her car.

“Olive you have seen a lot of changes in your life but the one thing that hasn’t change is you will still have a Happy Birthday on the 3 November,” Ms Smith says.

“Enjoy your day!”

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