Raising the bat

There were extravagant festivities at our South West Rocks aged care home (NSW) recently, as one of our residents, Dulcie celebrated her 100th birthday!

Dulcie was born in Newcastle in 1919; her father Robert was a miner, and her mother Emily Jane was a restaurant designer. Dulcie met her husband Edwin at the hotel that her mother ran, and married him at St Jude’s Church, Strathfield, a week after he returned from World War II.

Dulcie ran the family hairdressing salon, ‘Baxter’s Beauty Salon’, where her husband and son, Robert, worked. Robert fathered two girls, Leanne and Katrina, who both now have children of their own, Dulcie’s great-grandkids: Jake, Cameron, Jade and Thomas.

Dulcie still retains her wit and charm, and she is quite agile. She loves animals, children and reading the newspaper, and she is an avid reader of murder mystery novels. She also enjoys scenic drives and shopping. According to her, she lives “a normal life”, which is something we strive to offer our residents at South West Rocks.

It has been our pleasure to care for Dulcie since her arrival in 2018. From all of us at Japara: Happy Birthday, Dulcie! We hope you had a terrific day, and we look forward to sharing many more birthday celebrations with you.

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