Margaret turns 100 years young
Our valued resident from Japara Anglesea, Margaret Senior, will be turning 100 years young on 31st March 2021. We spoke to Margaret to find out more about her life so far…
A little about Margaret
Margaret was born in Echuca and grew up in Moama with her four sisters and brother.
When she turned 18, Margaret left for Melbourne to work as a manufacturer and dressmaker, and later worked in ammunitions during the war. Once the war was over, she returned to Moama to look after her mum and soon met her husband, Bill, at a dance.
Margaret and Bill were married in Moama, lived in Echuca for a few years and then moved to Coburg when Bill was transferred to Melbourne for his work at the Railways. Margaret remained in Coburg and North Coburg before moving to Japara Anglesea.
“I wouldn’t change anything about my life!”
Margaret’s reflections on life
What are some of the most important lessons you feel you have learnt over the course of your life?
Growing up, I learnt a lot about perseverance. We were always told to keep trying and to never give up. I think that this is an important aspect of life for everyone.
Do you have a memory or story that you’d like to share with us?
I went on a cruise many years ago after my husband died. Six years later I met my second husband and had my daughter Joanna. These were the highlights of my life. We used to have caravan holidays to Anglesea and Echuca every Christmas as they were our favourite spots.
Why did you decide to move to Japara Anglesea?
I moved to Japara Anglesea because my daughter Joanna lives here and I wanted to be close to her. I was living in Coburg beforehand but after a nasty fall felt that it was time to stop relying on my family and neighbours for help.
What is your favourite thing about living at our home?
I get looked after well here, the carers are very caring. I enjoy lots of activities but my favourites are bingo, exercise classes, Happy Hour and musical entertainment – especially Abe (a volunteer who plays the piano), his tunes bring back a lot of memories!
If you or a loved one are interested in the aged care services available at Japara, contact us to have a friendly chat with one of our staff or to book a tour on 1800 52 72 72.