Dot proves she is still 'Devine' at 103
A CENTRAL Coast local and Peninsula Villages resident has recently turned 103, celebrating the remarkable milestone in style at the Umina-based facility.
Dorothea Devine, or Dot as she is affectionately known, is certainly young at heart and has had a rich life, despite sadly outliving her dear husband Henry.
While she is described by friends as an optimist who lives every day to the fullest, Dot says she isn't sure about the secret to living a long life but thinks it comes down to keeping the mind active.
"I have always had a strong passion for reading and love a good crossword challenge," said Dot.
Dot officially turned 103 on Thursday, November 24, and celebrated with a special morning tea with other residents and her family. Peninsula Villages also gifted her with a very special bouquet of 103 gerberas.
"Dot is a special resident at Don Leggett House who brings a smile to the faces of other residents and our staff on a regular basis.
"While Dot wanted a quiet affair it was only fitting to ensure that we marked this incredible milestone with a few sweet treats and teas as well as an incredible 103 gerberas that certainly brought a huge smile to Dot's face," explained Peninsula Villages CEO Shane Neaves.
Dot Devine not only lived through the Great Depression but both World Wars and has lived through the reign of 24 Australian Prime Ministers. She was one of nine children, is the mother of two daughters and is both a grandmother and great grandmother.
"As one of nine children we had to do many things around the house and especially so as I was predominately raised by my mother as my father died when I was just aged 7. After raising my two daughters I also raised my two grandchildren from age 4 and 5 which kept me young and active," she added.
A resident in Peninsula Villages aged care facility, Don Leggett House, Dot was one of the first residents to have moved in more than 11 years ago. Since that time she has made many friends and is regularly visited by her nephew and daughters Kay and Barbara.
Reminiscing about her life on Thursday, Dot spoke warmly about her days working as a machinist, where she made lounges and mattresses back in the late 1930s, she was also an active volunteer doing charity work for Meals on Wheels and Legacy in her older age.
"I loved working and had a great interest in sewing and knitting once I had children. I also used to play the piano and actually enjoyed domestic chores such as cooking and cleaning.
"I was champion dart player and also enjoyed playing tennis and have a fond interest in watching the professional tennis tournaments as well as listening to Judy Garland," said Dot.
With her 103rd birthday now reached, Dot is looking forward to many more great times and to enjoying her 103 blooms that have certainly brightened up her room.
"I have never seen so many flowers and 103 gerberas in my room will certainly be a talking point for the next few days," said Dot.