Grace Korn enjoys yesterday’s activities at the Gladstone Botanic Gardens.
Grace Korn enjoys yesterday’s activities at the Gladstone Botanic Gardens. Christopher Chan

Grace has first taste at 100

GRACE Korn waited until she hit 100 years old to have her first sip of champagne, but she didn't even like it.

Throughout her life she never drank and smoke. She decided she wanted to have a "taste" to mark the occasion.

To be a century old was a milestone she "never ever" thought she would reach.

Aside from a letter each from the Queen and Prime Minister, the Gladstone community gathered in celebration.

On Friday she joined a long-standing Gladstone tradition.

A tree was planted and a plaque in her honour was installed at the Gladstone Botanic Gardens.

The National Seniors in collaboration with Gladstone Regional Council have been celebrating 100th birthdays in this manner since 2000.

The tree and "plaque number 18" will mark the milestone for generations to come.

The gardens were filled with well-wishers and warm words as 100 years worth of stories came to life.

Grace Korn was born in Bundaberg on July 26 , 1912, the second of nine children.

She married Percy Korn in 1941 and they moved to Gladstone in 1949.

They had three children Moya (Graham), Valerie McVicar and Des.

Her daughter Moya Graham said she considered her mum's long life to be attributed to hard work and ability to always put others first.

She describes her mother as a "homemaker" who derive pleasure in caring for the needs of her family.

Grace has eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She has two sisters, Mary Mills of Bundaberg and Edna Exelby of Buderim.

Grace said it was "quite nice" to see everybody gathered together to celebrate her birthday.



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