Annie not slowing down on 105th birthday
BURLIEGH Head's resident Annie Sargent hasn't let being over a hundred slow her down and still enjoys a puzzle or two and a good book, despite hitting 105 not out last month.
She celebrated her birthday at her home at the Ozcare Oznaman Villa in August and was joined by four generations of her family to mark the occasion.
"My husband and I have two daughters, Margaret lives near Gympie and Jill lives at Tweed Heads," she said.
"I have four grandchildren, Vicki, Kerry, Warren and Nicole, eight great grand children, Kelly, Elise, Emma, Jake, Ethan, Kobe, Lucy and Noah and two great great grand children, Sienna and Lilly.
"Altogether we have five generations of females in the family living."
Annie has been living at Ozcare for the past 12 years and is a favourite among the staff.
"They have been very "Happy Years"," she said.
"The staff are very kind and helpful.
"I spend most of my time reading and doing word puzzles, I hope my sight does not fail me.
"Sadly my husband passed away in 1975, he would have liked to see all the grand and great grand and great great grand children.
"I have had a good life. Seen a lot of changes."
Her parents emigrated from England 1913 making the long boat journey out while her mother was pregnant.
They landed in May with Annie being born just a few months later in August and the family settled out in the Sutherland Shire - where Annie met her husband Clarence Sargent better known as Tim in 1930.
A friend of the family, Tim was 15 years older and the two were friends for years before they married in 1938 but she said the age difference never matter and they had many happy years together.
Annie said times were tough when her family first arrived in Australia.
"At the time work was hard to find, but after a while my father managed
to get work, delivering goods to shops," she explained
"Eventually my parents decided to open food shops themselves, which did well.
"My sister arrived by then, born in 1918.
"My parents would buy a shop and build the business up & then sell it. We had different types of shops.
"In later years, after I finished school, my parents went into farming, so I helped them until I married in 1938."