FLORENCE Treseder has lived every one of her 93 years with a bouncing enthusiasm and happiness.
Last Friday Ms Treseder, a New Auckland Place resident, entered her weekly Morning Melodies session unaware her family and friends would instead be singing Happy Birthday to her.
Family members including three of her five children, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren travelled from as far as Brisbane to help celebrate.
Ann Wilton was raised by her grandmother Ms Treseder since the tender age of 10 weeks old.
"She is a wonderful mother and grandmother. She has been both to me," she said.
"She is the most giving and self-sacrificing woman I know."
A life spanning almost a century has not been without its tragedies, including the death of two of her children, one tragically in a drink-driving accident.
It is Ms Treseder's remarkable resilience despite her hardships that distinguishes her as a treasured and widely loved matriarch.
Daughter Cheryl Priest said her mother was the life of every party, even at 93.
"She is an amazing woman and a brilliant mother," she said.
"Whatever is on at New Auckland Place, she is the first to put her hand up to participate.
"She has always been very involved in everything that has been going on around her."
A mammoth cake created by Clinton Bakery was the feature of the celebrations on January 9, large enough to treat not only her family, but her friends and staff at the aged care facility.
"She loved being around her family. She had a wonderful day," said Mrs Priest.
"The little children walked into the room first with balloons so it took her a moment to realise what was happening," Ms Wilton said.
Later that evening, the family treated Ms Treseder to dinner at the Gladstone Golf Club.
The born-and-bred Gladstone resident continues to be well known around town, having sold Legacy badges in shopping malls for many years.
Additionally, Ms Treseder's undying commitment to her family had her place third in the annual Barnados Mother of the Year in the late 1990s.