Lillian has been a resident at Seasons Kallangur for the past eight years and Seasons staff organised her a special 100th birthday celebration where she was surrounded by memories of her life, flowers, balloons, live music and two magnificent cakes.
Her son Barry said the party was a big surprise to Lillian and was a great celebration of her life.
“I thought it was a wonderful day, it was all organised by Seasons Kallangur and they did a magnificent job,” says Barry.
“One of the girls (at Seasons) said to her a couple of weeks ago ‘Lillian, you’re going to be 100 soon and you’re going to get a letter from the Queen’ and my mother said ‘don’t you be so silly, the Queen doesn’t even know where I live.”
“She got a letter from the Queen, the Governor General and our local member Peter Dutton.”
“It was a big surprise to her today, she got teary about a few things and she thoroughly enjoyed it. A very special day for her.”
Lillian grew up on a farm in Benaraby, south of Gladstone on the Boyne River. When Lillian was 11, her mother passed away and she was tasked with bringing up her younger siblings.
The family farm was sold and she moved to Rockhampton when she was 19 where she met her first husband and they got married when she was 21. He died in World War II and she was left a widow to bring up her son Barry.
Lillian’s family has now grown to include six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
After Lillian’s second husband passed away, she moved in with Barry and his wife until she needed some extra support – that’s when the family found Seasons.
“We chose Seasons and we’re not sorry that we did. The staff are magnificent. I come down pretty regularly and I’ve never seen anything like you read in the paper. She’s well cared for and I can’t thank the Seasons girls enough,” says Barry.
“If there is an issue with something and I bring it up, straight away they’ve solved it. If she needs something they ring me and I bring it down. We’re very happy and she’s very happy.”
Lillian’s celebrations continued later in the day when the rest of the family who couldn’t make the morning celebrations came back to Seasons in the afternoon to have a few bubbles with the residents and finish the day off for her in style!