Friends and neighbours of Gwen Wilson gathered outside her house to sing Happy Birthday when she turned 100 on 7 June.
A resident of Werri Beach for the last forty years, plans for a big party at the Bowlo had to be postponed with the pandemic restrictions.
Instead, her large family (including nine great grandchildren) gathered at her home to mark the occasion.
Outside, friends and neighbours were joined by the Gerringong RFS, which had been alerted to the probablity of 100 candles being lit.
Gwen was the second baby of twin girls – a complete surprise for her parents. Her sister, Jeane, only passed away last year.
In 1957, as married couples, both bought a block of land at Werri Beach, built a weekender and enjoyed many years’ holidays with their children. Both couples were foundation members of Gerringong Bowling Club.
When Gwen’s husband David retired in 1976, they built their retirement home in a community they had come to love.
A firm believer in ‘use it or lose it’, Gwen enjoys doing crosswords and word search puzzles. She has kept up with the times and now does her jigsaw puzzles on her iPad and likes to keep up with her family’s activities by through Facebook and sending them text messages.
Gwen and David had two girls, Judy and Jan. David passed away in 2005 and her eldest daughter Judy passed away in 2007.