A century worth celebrating
THERE will be cake, balloons and Marella jubes today at Edenvale Aged Care Centre, as staff and residents alike celebrate the 100th birthday of Amelia Roberts.
Ms Roberts, a proud Gladstone resident since 1928, will celebrate this monumental milestone by indulging her sweet tooth.
The staff at Edenvale agreed unanimously when asked what Ms Robert’s favourite indulgence was. "Marella jubes!"
Granddaughter Judy Roberts said that the family is immensely proud of her and can’t wait to celebrate.
"She is a lovely, lovely person and has lived a quiet, but very happy, life so far," she said.
Ms Roberts was described by her granddaughter to be generous, social and a lover of children.
"She has always loved having people around her," she said. "(When she was still able) she was forever baking cakes and having people around for tea."
Ms Roberts was also active in teaching Sunday school and religious instruction in the Gladstone area throughout the years.
"The real love of her life was teaching," Judy said.
"She has always loved children, and children have always been drawn to her. It’s a shame she only had the one son because she would have been a great mother of ten."
Ms Roberts’ single son, Judy’s father, died in 2007, aged 76, but leaves three grandchildren behind.
"I visit her her every couple ofmonths," Judy, who lives in Brisbane, said. "And it’s always a pleasure to spend time with her. She’s a very affectionate and warm person."
The staff at Edenvale agreed.
"She’s always got a lovely smile on her face, and gives the nurses a kiss on the cheek whenever they come in. She’s a joy to work with and we wish her a very happy 100th birthday."